- The Sand Mullet is a schooling fish, typically found in shallow coastal waters to depths of 10 m (32 ft).
- These mullet are generally used as a bait fish.
- These fish feed on plankton, mollusks, microscopic algae and small crustaceans.
- Estimates of lifespan are up to 16 years with maturity around 3 to 4 years.
- They are an important food source in the food chain.
- Juvenile Sand Mullet can be found in freshwater but more common in estuaries and the coastal waters as they mature.
- The main predators of Sand Mullet include seabirds, dolphins, sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Sand Mullet are a popular baitfish for catching fish or in crab traps. Whilst generally targeted for bait, they are also popular in certain dishes for human consumption. The Sand Mullet has a large range across Australia and can be found in along most coastlines excluding NT.
Species: Myxus elongatus
There is little information on the conservation status of Sand Mullet in Australia. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Annual recreational harvests are low as it is not a highly targeted species.
Fish Taste Quality
Sand Mullet are a edible fish but not a highly targeted species for consumption.
Taste Rating: 2/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Floater Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Bread, Feather jig
Technique: Cast bait/jig/lure near schooling fish