Bass Fishing Wexford

“Then big one’s are Salmon, and the smaller one’s white trout”, declared the coastal oracle, from some nearby town to his two eager companions, on seeing a couple of Mullet leap clear of the water, quickening their pace as they made their way to the waterside…. We’ve all been fooled by the antics of jumping Mullet at some time or other whilst on the hunt for Sea-Trout.  What makes Mullet leap clear of the water in the same way as Sea-Trout often do? Basically the two share the same problem of sea lice, both species will leap clear of the water, & splash back down on it’s side to rid itself of the parasite.  Though the lice cant “attach” properly to the Mullet to complete it’s life cycle, they can still carry them. Sea lice still jump aboard any passing fish, & can be “carried” on all our inshore species, but it needs a Salmoniod to reproduce, & complete it’s cycle. I don’t think they do any physical damage to Mullet, or any of the other carriers (except Salmonoids of course) but the irritation/stress factor’s of lice crawling over it, along it’s sensitive lateral line, crawling over it’s eyes, etc, drives the fish absolutely mad.

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I’ve also noticed, when unhooking/handling Mullet, that the lice move around a lot more than they would on a Sea-Trout, they don’t seem settle as well, adding to the stress I’m sure……

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