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Hi guy help please! Is my bass set up or part of it any good for mullet?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fly Corner' started by {name}, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. Sandeel

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    Hi Guys,

    I have the following: 10ft Shakespeare 4pc 8# fly rod
    7/8# Shakespeare fly reel cheap plastic job
    8# Shakespeare floating WF fly line

    Could any of the above be good for going after mullet, I guess I would need to change the line to a lighter weight at the least but I am new fot fly fishing. I would like to stick with at least the rod if that would work.

    Many thanks for any help

    Steve
     
  2. Sandeel

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    Steve

    It's OK for starters, if just a tad on the heavy and long side

    Switching line weights up or down (under/over lining) is best left until you have some more experience. Underlining means you have to work the rod more to load it prior to casting and over lining slows the cast down but loads the rod quicker

    It isnt really the outfit that catches fish, presentation and being in the right place when the mullet are on the feed, will give you the best chance

    Finally, the down side to a longer rod (9' is the norm) is that it can be more tiring when you are casting for a long period, having said that, the best tactic for mullet, is just cast and leave in the mullet arena, waiting for a hit. Different wiith bass, where a moving fly works.

    I make no pretence to being an expert (or even a gifted amateur on the mullet), just what Ive gleaned from those that know better than me.

    I am however an expert on blanking and to a lesser degree, falling in, ask away and I'll tell you everything I know.

    Just get out there and have fun, knowledge is best gleaned by water time and making mistakes

    ATB

    Kieran
     
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  3. Sandeel

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    Hi Kieran,

    Thank you ever so much for your reply, from that I learnt quite a good bit. I had no clue what under or over lining meant.

    I have some flies a few I have made my own, so when using them if I don't catch I will have myself to blame. I have not had a bass on the fly let alone a mullet but it will not be through lack fo trying.

    I also am an expert in blanking but when the old saying come in to play 'good things comes to those that wait' I like that. I don't do the falling in good job as I can't swim that well. I nearly when in last year after my topwater lure that came off!

    I dont think I will rush out just yet and spend a load on new gear.

    Thanks again and happy fishing

    ATB

    Steve
     
  4. Mackerel

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    Your best bet is to build some confidence by finding the right place first. Swff'ing is 80% about understanding where the fish are and when they're feeding. After-all, you can't cast 150m, and you don't have nice smelly bait to lure the fish in...you have to put a fly in front of a fish where it can see it, and most probably within 20 yards of where you are stood! Your best place to start is with schoolie bass. Try and find a 'choke point' somewhere in the tidal flow of the shore. That may be a small bay that drains out between gravel banks, or perhaps a small river that runs out across the beach into the sea as the tide is rising. Fish are inherently lazy - they will congregate where there is a flow of water that will deliver food to them, just as trout do in a river. Schoolies love that environment and will sit in the flow waiting for small fish to be washed past. Try tying (or getting) from size 4 or 2 Olive & White clousers (DNA Holofusion Clousers are deadly), then cast across the flow and let the current pull the line around. Once it gets to almost a 'downstream position' begin stripping the line back in 12inch pulls. Your current gear will be ok for this as find the right spot and you won't have to cast far. It's fun and will really boost your confidence and understanding of the approach. Good luck!
     
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  6. Sandeel

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    Hi Joe
    Thank you very much for the reply, great information and the picture of the flies. What you have said makes a lot of sence and I will be sure to take it on board. I know from last year there were many places with mullet at my feet but few if any of the ones I found I could fish as most had a ban on fishing. I will have to suss out some marks
    ATB
    Steve
     
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