In all of the opportunities in the fishing world, there is nothing quite like the explosion on a topwater lure. It is rare otherwise to actually see a fish eat your lure. Inside the options of topwater lures in the fishing industry there are tens of dozens of options to choose from.
The MirroMullet by L & S Bait company (also known as Mirrolure) originally came out with the Mirromullet a few years ago. The bait was recently offered in an “XL” version, a beefier version of the original Mirrolure. The company is run by Eric Bachnik, the third generation in his family to make the popular Mirrolure product series. A Largo, FL company, Mirrolure is a strong name in the Florida fishing scene, and for very good reasons.
The MirroMullet is one of the most recent additions to their Luminescence Series of surface “walkers”, but quickly became one of their more popular lures locally. The lure, offered in the regular and XL sizes has two treble hooks and available in 16 color choices. The “original” MirroMullet is 3 inches in length and 3/8-ounces. The MirroMullet XL is 3.5 inches in length and half an ounce in weight. The company uses holographic eyes on the MirroMullet and the body of the lure has a realistic “finger mullet” shape. A flashy lure, from the MIRROLURE web site: “MirrOmullet® series features a luminescent insert for increased flash”. Put it all together and this is a fantastic topwater lure option.
Using the MirroMullet: Compared to other lure choices (including other Mirrolure topwaters) the MirroMullet is a quieter surface lure. The action of the lure is very basic: It could have been called “wounded mullet” instead of MirroMullet. Perhaps, disoriented is a better description, which is even better because I believe that all mullet are disoriented. Regardless: The action of this lure is excellent. The species that will eat the Mullet are numerous. Including almost purely crustacean eaters, nearly every species that swims in my own waters have been caught on the Mullet.
Using the lure and having success is easy, even for the first-time topwater angler. With a perfect weight, they cast easily. When the line is brought tight and the angler begins to work the lure- slow, controlled jabs of the rod tip will cause the lure to make a darting action in one direction. With the weighing and balancing of this lure, the next jab will make the lure gentle dart back the opposite direction. When the angler comes up with the steady rhythm to this controlled, methodical retrieve more strikes are imminent.
The debate is growing on what conditions to use the MirroMullet. I was under the impression that it was only going to be an option in primarily calm conditions. I believe that is probably still “mostly true” with the 3-inch “mullet.” But in some chop (wavy surface) the MirroMullet is still getting strikes with a change in technique. The extra mass of the XL is also going to help in this situation.
In the chop, with the original or the XL, try very short jabs with the rod tip or even just letting the Mullet “ride the waves.” Fish will react to the lure’s silhouette and strike it. With the short jabs, the lure stays down in the water a little better and will look enticing enough to still elicit a strike.
Mirrolure products also hold up to the test. The body of the Mirromullet is double-coated and heat cured with stainless steel hardware components. The hooks are strong and it is easy to replace hooks that have been put to heavy use, and can have extended life by anglers who take the time to sharpen hooks on frequently used lures.
Hook Options: It is possible, if desired, to use single hooks on the MirroMullet if desired. Some anglers opt for circle hooks, some “J-Hooks” but I would recommend looking at a “Mosquito” hook for a Mullet. If there is an abundance of floating grass, single hooks make it feasible to keep a topwater lure cleaner than with the treble hooks.
Pro Tip: Safety with treble hooks
The bending down of barbs is an option for your lures. The MirroMullet comes with standard treble hooks with barbs. Taking a pliers and smashing down the barbs is something that makes it possible to do a number of things much easier. Multiple hook lures can be more difficult to remove from a fish. They are much more difficult to remove from your clothing. Most importantly, they are tough to remove from your hand or finger. With smooth fighting technique, you will not lose fish because of the absence of the barbs.
Pro Tip #2: Carrying the right tools
Using treble hook lures instead of single hook jigheads, it is wise to always carry a good pair of pliers with you to help remove hooks from the mouth of a fish- getting leverage but also keeping your hands a safer distance away from the extra hooks. Especially if you leave your treble hooks intact, the pliers will prevent some potential hazards.
Most tackle shops carry this lure. Pick up the package and look at it. Then buy a couple of these and put them right into action. The bottom line: It is easy to use and the MirroMullet will excite fish into attacking it.
Coming soon: More product reviews on Mirrolure products! Neil Taylor is the owner and guide at Strike Three Kayak Fishing, specializing in Instructional Kayak Fishing and the host of Kayak Fishing “Skool”. For more information, visit www.strikethreekayakfishing.com