THIS time of the year is the time of the well known “Mullet Run” along large stretches of Australia’s east coast.
Most of the catch is taken during the Autumn/Winter pre spawning period, when adult mullet aggregate in estuaries, or migrate along ocean beaches.
During this time anglers and commercial fisherman set up camp on beaches waiting for the mullet to move in.
Tuesday and Wednesday saw schools of mullet gather at Fingal Bay providing a smorgasbord for numerous grey nurse sharks, causing the beach closure.
Saturday around midday, Nelson Bay residents Prue and Jeff Bamford along with two-year-old Huddy, went for a drive and happened to come across the amazing site of commercial fisherman pulling up several nets full to capacity on Fingal Bay Beach.
“Our son, Huddy, actually directed us to Fingal by chance, as we were playing a game of “which way” and Huddy chose the way,” Prue Bamford told Bay News Of The Area.
“These fisherman really earned their money, there is no way that I would stand out in chest deep water netting them in,” Ms Bamford said.
The scene created a frenzy of visitors to the beach to witness this remarkable event where the commercial fisherman stood in chest deep water pulling their nets out of the water.
Once the fisherman had their eye on the prize, the nets were attached to a waiting 4WD, where they were pulled up the beach further in order to be packed into boxes to sell commercially.
It is not uncommon for some commercial fisherman to catch up to 200 tonne of mullet during this season.
The Mullet Run is a seasonal occurrence and yet never ceases to amaze and attract people by the seemingly unnatural phenomena.
Videos of last week’s run have been uploaded to youtube and have gone viral.
By Jewell DRURY