|I've caught many Thick Lipped Grey Mullet (Chelon labrosus) in Britain, and Boxlip Mullet (Oedalechilus labeo) in Greece. Are you specifically asking about Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus) from Southern California? The mullet species in Europe maintain the same skittish attitude and finicky diet as the mullet species found in Southern California, but at least they will regularly take normal baits.
The Thick Lipped Grey Mullet were taken on very light single droppers with ragworm, and some were excess of 3 lbs. The Boxlip Mullet were taken on freelined bread and 2 lb fluorocarbon leaders.
Striped Mullet in Southern California OTOH feed by sifting through mud for algae and microorganisms, and present a very difficult target for hook and line anglers. Every year, I hear of 1 or 2 people attempting to target Southern California mullet on hook and line, but have rarely heard of a single success story. The few times I have heard of Striped Mullet being caught, were incidental on jerkbaits or swimbaits. Given the inquisitive nature of these fish, I think these catches are generally just a curious fish being snagged, but anything is possible.
If you do indeed decide to target these fish, they would most likely either need to be groundbaited over a long period of time to acclimate them to a food source, or you would have to find an actively feeding school. It is not an impossible task to catch these fish, but it will require diligence, time, and a healthy dose of luck. If you do indeed hook into a mullet you will be in for a great fight, they are little rockets!
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