By Chris Berzas
In June of 2011, Egret Baits’ lure designer Ken Chaumont of Lake Charles rolled out the Kick A Mullet – a new, hard plastic, 5- inch suspending lure with a jointed rattling tail with a specific purpose of mimicking the shape and action of a mullet – the top prey of trophy and quality speckled trout.
After extensively testing and tweaking the new lure on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts with Captains and other anglers, Chaumont presented the new Kick A Mullet for sale by Egret Baits in February of 2012.
The Kick A Mullet was designed to follow the tradition of other well-known trophy trout catchers – the ever popular Corky by Paul Brown, MirrOlure’s Catch 2000 and the legendary Storm jointed Thunderstick.
Thus far, hundreds of trophy and quality speckled trout have been taken with the Kick A Mullet, to include one exceptional trout of over 9- pounds taken by Captain Bruce Shuler of Get-Away Adventures Lodge in Port Mansfield, Tx., and several more over 8 to include a couple taken by Chaumont.
Just last month (May), the Kick A Mullet has received new attention and accolades from noted guide, Captain Earle Waters of Homosassa, Florida.
But the attention was not about catching speckled trout!
For over 30 years, Captain Waters has specialized in guiding trips using fly fishing methods and light tackle for tarpon and other Florida flats species.
“When you sent me the sample lures last season (2012), I was not able to try them out,” wrote Waters to Chaumont.
“This season (2013) started off slow with fish (tarpon) being in a different area,” he explained. “I found them traveling along a shell bank in the open in three feet of water.
According to the guide, the tarpon he sought ranged from 80- to 200- pounds.
“The customer on board was not a fly fisherman,” described Waters. “I rigged the Kick-A Mullet on a 40# braid with a bite tippet of 80 pounds. Knowing heavy leaders can hinder the action of a plug, I gave it a test before giving the outfit to the customer.
“At the time I made the practice cast, I saw two good size tarpon in the range of 130-140 (lbs.) moving down the bar,” he wrote.
“The plug was going to be coming at them. I knew this would probably spook them, so I stopped it. I noticed as one of the tarpon swam within 10 feet of the plug he showed interest and turned toward the Kick-A Mullet. I starting moving the Kick-A as slow as I could.
“At that point I could tell from the tarpon’s body language he was interested,” explained Waters. “The tail of the Kick-A was moving at the speed of the tail of a mullet that would be moving at that speed.
“Without hesitation the tarpon inhaled the Kick A Green Mullet,” described Waters. “I tried to pass the rod off to the customer and he said he would be pleased to see me fight the monster.
“Twenty-five minutes later I had him at boat side for a release. We went on that week to catch 8 more tarpon (full moon of May 2013).
“Tarpon number 9 took the line under the back side of the boat and into one of the two rear trolling motors. The tarpon gave us a goodbye with a big jump. I did not mind the loss of the tarpon as much as I did losing the most realistic and most productive fishing lure I have ever used, BAR NUN!”
Waters went on to write “The Kick A Mullet just may be the best artificial lure ever made, as we have now logged some large 25 plus pound snook, cobia to 45 pounds and some 12 pound plus redfish and several nice bluefish. All on the same bait! Not bad for a trout lure!”
Captain Earle Waters’ website with contact information is http://www.homosassa-flyfishing.com
For more information regarding Egret Baits’ Kick A Mullet and other quality lures, visit www.egretbaits.com.