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Torridge Mulleting - 25/06/15

Having had success with trout fishing a couple of days earlier, I decided to chance my luck and go mullet fishing on the lower Torridge.


It was an evening session at low tide which I find the most successful time for catching mullet. I walked to my usual spot where there are normally plenty of signs of mullet, but nothing.


I looked around and put in some loose feed, both on the bottom in the edges and floating crust and after 10-15 minutes I noticed one taking in the margins much lower down.


I forced my way just above where he was taking through a bed of sedges taller than me ant tried to get onto a mound with grass growing which I though would be OK. As I stepped out, I stumbled and put my foot into the silt and went straight up to my knee. As I tried to pull it out using my other leg, that one went into the same depth too. I should have known better, especially as the tide is high, if you can’t get out you are in trouble.  I managed to reach a tree bough and with that and my rod and net, I gradually hauled myself out, but it was hard work.


Giving up on that spot I moved down another 50 yards and there were the mullet. I free-lined a piece of flake in the margins and missed a couple of takes without spooking the fish, then caught this nice mullet, and they really do fight well. It was curious to see other mullet swimming with the hooked one as I played it and also accompanying it as I returned it to the river.




I shouted Graham, who was with me on this, his first trip. He came with his fly rod and had several casts. He did have one take but was distracted by me doing my usual falling over stunt. After that, the sport stopped and the fish moved further away. I think they were aware of the fly line in these high banked swims and bait fishing would prove far more successful.


The other highlight of the night was watching a barn owl patrolling on the far bank.  Sadly, I had brought my standard lens for taking pictures of the fish and not my long lens which would have been ideal for taking pictures of the owl.