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    Florida Regulations:

    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.

    Gear Requirements:

    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.   

    State Record:

    This species is not currently eligible for a state record.  Most common size is 1 to 3 pounds
    but can exceed 10 pounds.

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    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
    620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
    32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676
Gulf and Atlantic Waters
Minimum Size Limit
No Recreational Size Limit
Daily Bag Limit

Mullet: Mugil cephalus (Striped Mullet)
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