Christchurch estuary mullet on the bread line

“It's like roach fishing on steroids.” This was how Paul Williamson described targeting mullet following the capture of this 7lb 6oz specimen from Christchurch estuary.

Despite catching fish to 7lb 10oz in the past, this is the biggest example of the species which the Dorset-based 51-year-old has landed this year after he offered a piece of bread flake on a size 8 hook in conjunction with a cage feeder.

“Everything about fishing for mullet is difficult,” said Paul. “They’re extremely tricky to actually hook in the first place, and once you’ve managed that they fight very, very hard. This fish took me over 20 minutes to land,” he added.