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Cast netting mullet tips?

I used to occasionally net shad years ago on freshwater, but I'm just now relearning. I'm okay with the throwing, but looking for general tips on netting mullet--where, when and how.

I generally fish out edgewater in the creeks, or north of Titusville on the irl. Not looking for specific locations--more just water depth and characteristics, time of day, how to see them, etc.

Any help would be much appreciated. Hoping to take the kiddo out early early on Sunday.


  • hunterjwhunterjw Posts: 463 Deckhand
    Walk on any bank or any flat close your eyes and throw net.. Mullet are everywhere this time of year. Any shallow seagrass flat is full of them right now.You will see them on surface..
    "He who hoots with the owls at night will not soar with the eagles at dawn"

  • seanfishseanfish Posts: 254 Deckhand
    They are only gonna get thicker as we get closer to fall. Its pretty hard not to see them when they show up.

    They can be spooky however, and if you are not fast or cannot anticipate the direction they will go, you wont get many per toss. When you throw your net, you want the back end to land on the center of where they were in the school and most of it foward of them. If you try to throw on top of them, you wont get a whole lot.
  • Reel TealReel Teal Posts: 3,963 Captain
    Callalisa creek will be overflowing with mullet come October.

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  • tunamantunaman Posts: 3,767 Captain
    Best time from shore is the break of dawn.As the sun comes up make sure the mullet is between you and the sun. If you're between the sun and the mullet they'll be long gone before you ever get a chance to throw. Same from a boat, keep mullet between you and ths sun. In he winter the canals are full of them with occasionally a few early A.M. in the summer. Most of the spoil islands have mullet around them.
  • ZthomasZthomas Posts: 186 Officer
    Thanks all, very helpful. Went Sunday morning with the kid, but had forgotten I left my net at my folks' place in Edgewater. Did okay anyway on trout with artificials north of Haulover in the IRL. Saw two different schools of reds but couldn't get them to eat anything we had, including live shrimp. Strangely, the trout had no interest in the shrimp either but were all over the plastics. Only thing that wanted the shrimp was ladyfish.

    Don't have the kid on the platform yet, but he does okay with the trolling motor...
  • Rich MRich M Posts: 1,326 Officer
    That's good stuff right there.

    Looks like my stepson did about 15 years ago. They love to be doing something, even if it is terrorizing the bait in the well.
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