yelloweye, estuary mullet, mullet
Scientific name:Aldrichetta forsteri
15 (mullet species combined)
30 (mullet species combined)
Yelloweye mullet are greenish-brown along the back with brown fins, silver or yellow on the belly, and a distinctly yellow eye. The body is long with a narrower head and smaller scales than a sea mullet.
Up to 40cm and 1 kg.
Mullet can usually be found over sandy bottom around beaches, estuaries, jetties and rocks adjacent to sandy areas.
Often caught in mullet nets but also provide good rod and line sport when caught on light fishing gear with small hooks fished under a float. A common species in our waters, it is often found around sandy areas where they feed on sandworms and small cockles. Sometimes large schools can be seen mouthing and tailing at the surface where there is an abundance of plankton in the water.
Responsible fishing tips:
Handle carefully as they can lose scales easily. If releasing, do so over the side of the boat without landing or handling. If gillnetting, large numbers can be taken, so retrieve and check your net regularly.
The flesh of this species has one of the highest sources of omega 3 oil. It has a distinctive flavour with oily but firm-textured flesh. Suitable to bake, barbeque, pan fry or grill. To further improve the eating qualities of this fish, it is recommended that the black stomach lining be removed prior to cooking as it may cause the flesh to become bitter.Fish illustration by Peter Gouldthorpe