Yelloweye MulletCommon name: sand mullet.
Minimum size: 25 cm
Possession limit: 15. Possession limits apply everywhere, including in the home.
Yelloweye mullet are greenish-brown along the back with brown fins, silver or yellow on the belly, and a distinctly yellow eye.
They grow to around 40cm and 1kg. The less common sea mullet grows to over 50cm in length and 5kg in weight.
Mullet are commonly caught in nets, specifically mullet nets, but they may provide good rod and line sport when caught on light fishing gear with small hooks fished under a float.
Mullet can usually be found around beaches, estuaries, jetties and from rocks adjacent to sandy areas.
The flesh of this species has one of the highest sources of the "good oil" omega three fatty acids.
To further improve the eating qualities of this fish, it is highly recommended that the black stomach lining be removed prior to cooking as it will cause the flesh to become bitter.
A very common species in our waters, it is often found near sandy areas where they feed on small animals such as sandworms and small cockles. Sometimes large schools can be seen mouthing and tailing at the surface. This feeding behaviour occurs where there is an abundance of plankton in the water.
Fish illustration by Peter Gouldthorpe
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