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Note: More restrictive seasonal bag limits apply to portions of Pinellas County, and
seasonal night closures apply in portions of Charlotte County. Click on “Florida Rule”
(below) for details.
Legal Gear: hook and line, spears, gigs, seine, cast net
Prohibitions: spearing mullet in fresh water prohibited
Habitat and Fishing Tips:
Mullet are found throughout the state in coastal rivers, tidal creeks, bays, estuaries and
along sandy beaches. Because they feed primarily on algae, detritus and other tiny marine
invertebrates, catching mullet by hook and line requires a tiny hook and a great deal of
patience. For this reason, mullet are primarily harvested by cast nets and haul seines.
Mullet swim in large schools and are frequent jumpers, so it’s often easy to identify their
locations by simply watching for jumping fish. Mullet also have excellent vision and plenty of
speed to avoid a cast net, making them difficult to catch in clear water. Mullet are a primary
prey for many predatory species. Their food value ranges from moderate to excellent
depending on their location of harvest and personal preference. Mullet have a very high oil
content so they are excellent for smoking.
This species is not currently eligible for a state record. Most common size is 1 to 3 pounds
but can exceed 10 pounds.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676
Mullet: Mugil cephalus (Striped Mullet)