Why would inshore anglers care so much about a fish that rarely even glances at a hook? Well, if it’s mullet, then the reasons are profound.

Habitat Indicators: Mullet are vegetarians that mostly feed in shallow bays and estuaries, but most notable is this species’ hardiness. These big-eyed fish shaped like baseball bats can survive in warmer water with lower dissolved oxygen content than many top-tier predators will tolerate.

What that tells us, as anglers, is that if a spot is devoid of mullet, it’s unlikely to sustain much of a sport fish population. All this can change with tide stages, but if you check a spot and see no wiggling water, no ambling leaps or random splashing — all mullet trademarks — you’re probably wasting your time.

Predator Concentration: Preferring the munch of aquatic algae, mullet hold no regard for the shrimp, crabs and baitfish they displace while roaming shallow flats. Redfish, trout, snook, jacks — different story.

In most cases, working a Bomber Saltwater Grade Badonk-A-Donk SS around the perimeter of a mullet school will draw swift response from one of the freeloading predators swimming along with those mullet.

Noise Suppression: In flat calm waters, the splash of a topwater bait often spooks wary fish — especially during the high visibility of clear, sunny days. Add a herd of splashy mullet to the scene and those fish become much more tolerant, so feel free to send that Heddon Saltwater Super Spook Jr. into action.