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They aren't exactly rare here but appear in very low numbers compared to southern waters where they appear in large schools and are the focus of major blitzes. They made a major come back after commercial fishing for them was banned in the south, where they were sought for their row to sell to the Japanese market. I see a few schools of 20-30 here every year.

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Mullet definitely make there way up here - although here in the NE, I've only seen what we used to call 'finger mullet' sized fish (like the one in your pic) and never the ones that weigh about 2lbs or so. Also, I've never seen them make it over to the cape cod bay side of the cape or points north of the cape...So I get the impression that the south facing side of the cape is at or near their northern range.

 

I should add that I don't actually see them every year...but it probably is a greater frequency than every other year (I'm guessing that in a 5 year span, I'd see them 3 of those years - and wouldn't doubt they're around the few years I don't notice them

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RI has a decent mullet run starting soon, certainly by Sept until ? Enough mullet around to actually try to match the hatch. I haven't seen many consistently on the Cape however.

 

-bd

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