The flathead grey mullet mugil cephalus is an important food fish species in the mullet family mugilidae. How to catch mullet fish in florida gone outdoors your. As in, the peak of roe mullet season is approaching. Mullet mature in about three years at a length of 8 to 12 inches and. Annual mullet migration kicks action into high gear. Mar 17, 2018 spring mullet run in the southeast kicks off the season. You might become a witness of this incredible nature scene provided that you arrange your seaside vacation in florida during the fall months, namely late september to early octoberthats when mullet migration is going on. Spanish mackerel can be incredibly thick at times, especially late in the season, and sometimes huge ladyfish, often the biggest of the year, can be found harassing the mullet schools.
I live in florida,and this is the way i catch mullet. By how to do florida chef justin patrick timineri of the florida department of agricultures fresh from florida program demonstrates two ways to prepare one of the essential flavors of florida smoked mullet. Its possible that florida mullet fish jump during the spawning season to break open their egg sacks, in preparation for the spawn. You should fish in jetties, estuary creeks, harbors and piers during the rest of the year. For many south florida fishermen, fall is their favorite time of year because fall is when schools of mullet show up. Mullet is regarded as an excellent table dish in florida. Each year about this time a number of fish species return to tampa bay to spawn. Females who mated the previous year leave the males for protected inlets, where they give birth to live babies. Recreational fishers in florida can test their skills against the mullets wiles from the beach, the dock or. Every fall in florida as the temperatures begin to cool the fishing gets red hot. Learn how to go mullet fishing catch and cook in yankeetown. Grant gilmore, a renowned marine biologist from vero beach, has another interesting idea.
Great fishing during mullet run south florida sun sentinel. From the end of august into november, the common saltwater baitfish known as mullet leave their summer haunts off the coasts of the carolinas and georgia to head south to the tip of florida. Sep 01, 2018 the mullet are nervous and snook season opens saturday. Every fall millions of mullet in schools larger than a football field travel south along the atlantic coast of florida. I have a book on smoking florida fish and the guy says 89 hours at 115 degrees. Usually enjoyed smoked or fried, its traditionally served with hushpuppies, grits, or maybe even a slice of white bread. Pardon me if in florida were near the peak of mullet season was too vague for you. By ed killer for martin county two of mother natures most aweinspiring events coincide each year along the coasts of the sunshine state hurricane season and the fall mullet run. A good setup is about two feet of 50 pound test mono or fluorocarbon leader with a 20 to 50 daiichi d84z circle hook tied to one end and a stout barrel swivel tied to the other end. May 16, 2011 mullet roe is in season in the fall, roughly from october through december, and since mullet themselves are at their fattest and most delicious at the same time, the purchase of roe mullet. Every florida fishing guide wishes that he or she had a penny for every time a client has asked them, why do mullet jump out of the water.
Florida mullet are among the largest and locals claim the tastiest anywhere, and mullet fishing is a timehonored way to put food on the table or pit your skills against a lively, keeneyed fighter. Mullet is one of floridas most moderately priced seafood products, and prices are especially good in december when harvest is at its height. The large school of mullets, the size of a football field or even bigger, determinedly swim along the beaches of florida. Its also a delicacy, but is less rich than the yellow or true roe. Florida spiny lobster season, august 6 thru march 31. Incredible numbers of bluefish, jack crevale, ladyfish and spanish mackerel harass almost every school of finger mullet passing our coast. Please get this information out to commercial fishing sites and commercial fisherman that havent been notified. Apr 15, 2019 the fall mullet runs along both florida coasts are also major events. Honestly though, i tried some mackerel and they were tasty with great smoke flavor but mushy. Due to the corona virus shutdown our court case has been rescheduled for may 4th, 2020 at 1. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. The migrating mullet stay in large schools that are irresistible to larger predators, including most game fish.
Martin may, florida department of agriculture and consumer services seafood december 15, 2010. During mullet run season, if hes not at black dog, hes fishing off the beach. Florida mullet now in peak season martin may, florida department of agriculture and consumer services seafood december 15, 2010 mullet is one of the signature flavors of old florida. Didnt intend to put dates on mullet season for every county in fl, but merely point out were near the peak. Bluefish are the most prevalent followed closely by jacks. Mullet swim throughout coastal waters in tropical areas and warm, temperate regions. The mullet, which migrate south along the states atlantic coast as they. Mullet have often been called the most commonly eaten fish on earth.
A common noticeable behavior in mullet is the tendency to leap out of the water. To the sharks, migration means a dinner date with perks. More restrictive seasonal bag limits apply to portions of pinellas county, and seasonal night closures apply in portions of charlotte county. Mullet season in cortez, florida gill nets had different mesh sizes, and would target specific sized fish.
Incredible footage of the florida mullet migration youtube. A host of hungry predators move in to feast on this moving piscatorial buffet. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and with its passing marks the beginning of the most anticipated season of the year, mullet season. The whole plan was always to brand florida gulf coast mullet roe, produce it here, add the value here, pay the fishermen more money, create jobs, create a. Larger fish would bump into the net and turn around. Dec 30, 2015 this year, the catch is about a third of the bounty of recent years, bell said, and many fishing crews that came to southwest florida for the mullet season, roughly thanksgiving to january, have. However, as this doesnt seem to affect their appeal to game fish, mullet can make excellent bait. Harvest is prohibited seaward of the 3mile line gulf and atlantic and seaward of the everglades national park line in florida bay. The best tasting fish in florida naples florida vacation homes. The florida mullet run is here and in full swing tarpon, snook, sharks, jacks, mackerel, bluefish, and so much more follow these schools of mullet down the coast.
Snook, redfish, seatrout and flounder prowl the inlets, jetties and the first trough along the beach. Time to enjoy the fall mullet run south florida sun. Mullet roe is in season in the fall, roughly from october through december, and since mullet themselves are at their fattest and most delicious at the same time, the purchase of roe mullet. Sep 01, 2017 every inshore fish in florida that eats mullet can be caught during the mullet run. They dont have time to check whats in front of them. Best time to see mullet migration in florida 2020 rove. According to the florida museum of natural history, mullet can reach up to 47. If you live in an area such as florida, where mullet are harvested privately and commercially, you will have the option of purchasing white or yellow roe during the mullet s spawning season. Sep 15, 2017 football season is here, the air is getting crisp, and the mullet run is on. What size hook and type of bait are needed to catch mullet. Recreational fishers in florida can test their skills against the mullets wiles from the beach, the dock or an open boat.
It might be amusing to watch migrating mullets jumping above the waters surface, however, they dont do it out of amusement. Its length is typically 30 to 75 centimetres 12 to 30 in. According to the florida museum of natural history, mullet can reach up to 47 inches and weigh up to almost 18 pounds. The white roe is not roe at all but milt, the male equivalent. The winter season is the time to go mullet fishing in offshore, ocean waters. Baste with butter several times and salt after basting. Regulations apply to mugil cephalus striped mullet, mugil curema silver or white mullet, mugil gyrans fantail mullet and mugil gaimardianus redeye mullet. March, april, may 2020 seafood festivals in florida. The mullet run is an epic fishing event that happens from late august to early october, where the mullet make their yearly migration down the east coast of florida. Striped mullet tend to school swim together in groups for protection from predators in the daylight hours, although they feed around the clock. Florida s mullet fish are one of the states most ecologically and culturally important fish. Mullet mature in about three years at a length of 8 to 12 inches and continue to grow at a rate of 1 to 2. At its worst, it causes an epic disruption of ones life patterns and daily routine. Using a live finger mullet is almost a nobrainer during the mullet run.
Ekhoff claims, but did not verify, that hes caught tons and tons of snook since the mullet started running in early september. Mullet is found on the menu of many seafood restaurants in north florida and is a favorite of community fish fries. Its not like the texas mullet is any different from the florida mullet. Under florida law, email addresses are public records. Nov 30, 2017 thanksgiving has come and gone, and with its passing marks the beginning of the most anticipated season of the year, mullet season. The falling temperatures trigger the natural instincts in mullet to head south along the atlantic coast. We are hoping for another 200 before the season is over, the fatheroftwo said. This year, the catch is about a third of the bounty of recent years, bell said, and many fishing crews that came to southwest florida for the mullet season, roughly thanksgiving to.
The best times to catch a school of mullet gone outdoors. They reach florida in time to gorge on schools of smaller fish mullet, herring, sardines and anchovies are particular favorites. If you live in an area such as florida, where mullet are harvested privately and commercially, you will have the option of purchasing white or yellow roe during the mullets spawning season. Florida, georgia, mississippi, and alabama harvest many tons of mullet for commercial use. When is the season 2 mullet fish in jacksonville florida. Floridas mullet fishery typically lasts months, from november to january. In this fishing video, i share with you how to rig up, what to use and how to catch mullet on a rod and reel from.
Off the western gulf coast, they tend to take on an oily taste, and arent a great candidate for some preparation styles or for delicate palettes. The mullet run is just around the corner for us floridians living on the east coast. Quentin and kayak chris go out to do some mullet fishing, not for bait but to eat. The minimum size limit for striped mullet is 11 inches fork length, with an. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. It is known with numerous english names, including the flathead mullet, striped mullet us, american fisheries society name, black mullet, bully mullet, common. For an angler, the former is a nervewracking ordeal. Floridas mullet fish are one of the states most ecologically and culturally important fish. This is the perfect time of the year for catching mullet in what is known among fishing crews as the mullet run. Spring mullet run in the southeast kicks off the season. Want to try whipping up a smoked mullet dip of your own. The oldest striped mullet on record is one that lived years. Every inshore fish in florida that eats mullet can be caught during the mullet run.
Of all the fish harvested in florida, mullet tops the list in terms of pounds landed. Florida saltwater fishing regulations 2020 eregulations. Mullet is one of the signature flavors of old florida. Packs of hungry tarpon follow the baitfish pilgrimage, tearing into the schools along the beaches throughout the day and ambushing them at the passes, inlets, river mouths and channel bridges after dark.
Florida executives and professionals rely on for indepth analysis and perspectives on the issues, people and ideas that define florida. Quirky and fun festival featuring fried and smoked mullet and lots of other fresh seafood and good eats from a variety of vendors along. Jun 28, 2018 quentin and kayak chris go out to do some mullet fishing, not for bait but to eat. Football season is here, the air is getting crisp, and the mullet run is on. It is found in coastal tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. The fall run of the spawning roefilled lowly little mullet is what put the small village of cortez on the map as the largest mullet fishery in florida. Mullet harvested under the recreational bag limit during the weekend closure may not be sold or purchased. Mullet fishery hits bottom after typical 3month season lasted just days. The fall mullet runs along both florida coasts are also major events. Gulf and atlantic and seaward of the everglades national park line in florida bay. The spring mullet run on floridas east coast kicks the season into overdrive. Florida executives and professionals rely on for in depth analysis and perspectives on the issues, people and ideas that define florida. Most residents between the ages of 16 and 65 need a state fishing license, easily obtained under florida fish and wildlife conservation commission regulations. A simple, allseason plan for fishing mullet schools for trout, reds and more.1172 1579 1042 1480 1440 1201 1499 1443 350 988 1402 911 1029 1481 930 332 968 858 451 1360 370 1317 405 108 942 10 1287 700 555 1432 794 1543 1134 416 1448 603 1258 1302 808 815 403 91 253 871