Pinkeye Mullet

Trachystoma petardi
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Trachystoma petardi
Other names River Mullet, Freshwater Mullet, Pinkeye, Richmond Mullet
Size Up to 80 cm (31.5 in)
Weight Up to 7.5 kg (16.53 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Fresh, brackish & marine waters in estuaries, rivers & coastal waters
Depth Range 0 - 20 m (65 ft)
Pinkeye Mullet Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Pinkeye Mullet, is a common fish species found along the eastern and southern coasts of Australia. The fish is often found in estuaries, brackish waters, and nearshore coastal areas with sandy or muddy bottoms.
  • It belongs to the family Mugilidae, which consists of more than 80 species of mullets worldwide.
  • The fish has a protruding upper jaw and a small mouth that is located at the bottom of the head. It has a silver-grey body with yellow eyes and a slightly forked tail.
  • It is an omnivorous fish, feeding on small invertebrates, algae, and other organic materials.
  • It has a high tolerance for low salinity levels and can survive in freshwater environments.
  • The Pinkeye Mullet is known to spawn during the warmer months of the year, typically from November to April. The eggs of the Pinkeye Mullet are pelagic, meaning they float freely in the water column before hatching.
  • Their lifespan is estimated to be around 5-6 years in the wild.
Species Interaction

Recreational & Commercial Fishing

Pinkeye Mullet are a popular target for both recreational and commercial fishing. They are a popular species among beginners do to the ease of catching. They are also harvested commercially mainly for its flesh and roe, which are considered delicacies in some parts of the world.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Mugiliformes

Family: Mugilidae

Genus: Trachystoma

Species: Trachystoma petardi

Conservation Status

In Australia, the conservation status of the Pinkeye Mullet is not officially assessed by the IUCN, but they are considered a “priority species” for conservation efforts in some regions due to their ecological and cultural significance.

Fish Taste Quality

Pinkeye mullet are known for their tender, white flesh, which is mild in flavour and low in fat. The flesh is also rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients, making it a healthy choice for a balanced diet.

Taste Rating: 3/5

How to catch
Pinkeye Mullet

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Tackle: Floater Rig, Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Bread, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Prawns, Worms, Soft plastics, Flies

Technique: Cast bait/jig/lure near schooling fish

Popularity: Targeted

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