MULLET(Mugil). "Thisfish," says Mr. Salter, " is considered fine and delicious, being esteemed both by the moderns and ancients: in shape they are long and thick; head back is of a dusky blue and green; the scales are of a silvery white; the whole appearance is, I think, like an overgrown dace." The mullet is found in great plenty on several of the sandy coasts of our island, and haunts small bays that have influxes of fresh water. They arrive in great shoals in the beginning of summer, and continue till the end of August: they are very shy and cunning; and, when surrounded with a net, often escape by leaping over it; and if one does so, the others are sure to follow. In angling for mullet, strong tackle is indispensable, for they struggle very hard when they feel the hook: the best bait, probably, is the sand or sea-worm; indeed mullet take nearly the same bait as the trout, and will rise to an artificial fly. They are found in the river Aran, about Chichester and Arundel, in Sussex, and Barnstaple in Devonshire.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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