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just thought I'd put a little warning on here about eating mullett caught fom marinas.

My dad mentioned to me last night that he has to regularly tell people fishing for mullett in the marina where he works not to eat them. Reason being that the antifouling used on boats these days is very soft and obviously pretty toxic to prevent weed/barnacles etc. growing on the boat. Where do mullett spend a lot of time sucking weed? ... along the bottom of boats (antifouling paint's obviously not that good!).

Mullett not from marina areas probably fine as long as there aren't too many boats nearby.

Don't want to sound too negative but just thought it was worth posting this.
 

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taste like s**t anyway after being in rivers / marinas, just feeding on all the crap. just put them back for more sport next time
 

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Commercial guys over here get them by the hundred in single gill nets over here when they are splashing for Bass. Have seen them bring in some monsters into double figures as well. They get sold to the Chinese places apparently as hardly any places take them. I have tried it a couple of times. Not that it tastes bad at all, just doesnt really taste good either. Suits dishes with a lot of flavour
 

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I don't normally target them but I had one as a cusualty in a sandeel trawl the other day. The fillets are in the freezer for a trial. It was caught over sand banks so should be OK.
 

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It may even become a fish we start to rely on more as an eating fish, as our other more popular eating fish stocks get decimated. Similar to the way that Pollack has grown in popularity over the last few years.
 

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It may even become a fish we start to rely on more as an eating fish, as our other more popular eating fish stocks get decimated. Similar to the way that Pollack has grown in popularity over the last few years.
They won't last long then.

In the UK, they don't start to breed until around 10 years old (much slower growing than even bass), when they are around just 3lb (and then they only spawn every 2nd or 3rd year).

A 7lb mullet will be 15 or more years old, and large specimens 20 or more years old.

(It's because they are so old, even when of modest size, and have spent so many years sucking and very slowly digesting mud off the bottom and scum off the top, that there are concerns with the build up of heavy metals and toxins in their flesh, particularly fish that inhabit estuaries and feed on sewage)

As they seem to be local to an area (apart from breeding migrations perhaps), it doesn't take long before the good sporting specimens are soon missing, and fish of that size won't be seen again for a decade or two (assuming that they aren't being continuously taken at a smaller size).
 

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But surely the weed can only grow on the bottom of the boat if there isnt any antifouling there in the first place?
 

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Golden Grey's are a good table fish as they are usually surf fish, but mullet from marinas are not for eating to be honest, even if they don't see much contact with the bottom of a boat. They eat some nasty stuff! :yucky:
 

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I saw them , off the pontoons at the Southampton boat show nibbling *** butts floating on the surface!!!:yucky::yucky::yucky::yucky:
 
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But surely the weed can only grow on the bottom of the boat if there isnt any antifouling there in the first place?
Antifoul paint is only a partial cure to growth on the bottom of boats. As we are no longer allowed to use some of the real nasties in the paint it isn't 100% effective.
You will still get some scum and in some instances some weed growth and after a while the paints properties will get weaker still and you'll then get more growth...
 

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Antifoul paint is only a partial cure to growth on the bottom of boats. As we are no longer allowed to use some of the real nasties in the paint it isn't 100% effective.
You will still get some scum and in some instances some weed growth and after a while the paints properties will get weaker still and you'll then get more growth...
Cheers :)
 

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"but mullet from marinas are not for eating to be honest, even if they don't see much contact with the bottom of a boat. They eat some nasty stuff!"

MMMMMMM..... perhaps we should all stick to eating chicken, which are fed on a diet of dried out cow ****... Dried out chicken **** etc etc..

Or perhaps stick to pork, which also within their diet have dried out manure and loads of other nasties which ensure they all reach decent size in as short a period as possible.

Fact is, I won't dispute that animals take up heavy metals etc which will ultimately find their way into the flesh... But in all honesty that goes for much of the fish taken from the oceans...

I regularly eat Mullet, and it always makes me chuckle when I see most of the people saying they taste awful havent actually ever tried it.
In fact (and I am not the only one) but reckon Mullet is far superior tasting than Bass and Bream...

But what do I know??
If anyone asks me about Cheese, i would advise against eating it... It tastes disgusting and if I should actually eat some (Havent done so for 25 years) but I actually vomit..
Is that an endorsement to not eat cheese? It is all down to personal taste...

Cheese, Bass, Bream... The Mullet wins every time.
 

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"but mullet from marinas are not for eating to be honest, even if they don't see much contact with the bottom of a boat. They eat some nasty stuff!"

MMMMMMM..... perhaps we should all stick to eating chicken, which are fed on a diet of dried out cow ****... Dried out chicken **** etc etc..

Or perhaps stick to pork, which also within their diet have dried out manure and loads of other nasties which ensure they all reach decent size in as short a period as possible.

Fact is, I won't dispute that animals take up heavy metals etc which will ultimately find their way into the flesh... But in all honesty that goes for much of the fish taken from the oceans...

I regularly eat Mullet, and it always makes me chuckle when I see most of the people saying they taste awful havent actually ever tried it.
In fact (and I am not the only one) but reckon Mullet is far superior tasting than Bass and Bream...

But what do I know??
If anyone asks me about Cheese, i would advise against eating it... It tastes disgusting and if I should actually eat some (Havent done so for 25 years) but I actually vomit..
Is that an endorsement to not eat cheese? It is all down to personal taste...

Cheese, Bass, Bream... The Mullet wins every time.
hugh fearnley whatshisface said that mullet taste better than bass.
 

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I saw them , off the pontoons at the Southampton boat show nibbling *** butts floating on the surface!!!:yucky::yucky::yucky::yucky:
wouldn't that make them attractive to those disgusting people who smoke lol?!
 

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to be honest I've eaten mullett before and thought it tasted quite nice really - if you cook it properly. It was net caught and a long way from the nearest marina/fagbuts/sewer/Maccie D's etc. so probably explains it.

Still with the interesting stuff from Leon about slow growth etc. I don't think I'll be eating it in the near future ...
 

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The only mullet I have ever eaten was speared on the little wreck just outside Eastbourne Mariner.

Tasted disgusting!!

Each to their own though.

Never thought about the antifoul and weed process.

Was sitting down on the boat in Brighton today and there were loads of the blighters all sucking the weed from the waterlines....good sized ones as well.
 

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I regularly eat Mullet, and it always makes me chuckle when I see most of the people saying they taste awful havent actually ever tried it.
Spot on :thumbs: Can`t say I have eaten on myself but have caught them out of the marina and given them to friends who like them.
I also know a few guys in the marina who will catch a eat them regular and have been doing so for years.

Normally you get the statment that "they taste muddy", but not from what i`ve been told. Might just have a go myself at the next one I get.

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Spot on :thumbs: Can`t say I have eaten on myself but have caught them out of the marina and given them to friends who like them.
I also know a few guys in the marina who will catch a eat them regular and have been doing so for years.

Normally you get the statment that "they taste muddy", but not from what i`ve been told. Might just have a go myself at the next one I get.

Alan
Mmm, pan fried with some chopped challots.

Can't wait - NOT.
 

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I caught one in a sandeel trawl and as it was dead I filleted it and put it in the freezer. We had it last night, oven roast with lemon zest and olive oil, served with roast cherry tomatoes and a mash of cooked soya beans, garlic, lemon juice and basil. The flesh was firmer than I expected, and the skin not as crispy as bass, and no pin bones either which was a plus. It was a good flavour and definately not muddy, even though it was caught in an open harbour. The beans/tomatoes/lemon combination was superb.
 
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