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Flippin' mullet!

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I was down in Florida last week...Port Orange area...went to a creek kayaking and there were fish flipping 3 to 5 feet up in the air all over the place!

Quite a show!  Just flipping while feeding on the surface.  Asked the guy when we got back and he said they are mullet.  So the mullet that fuel our stripers and blues winter and breed down there in fresh water.

Guy said they can't really be caught on a line despite their aerobatics... they usually net them.  About 12" long.

 

Also saw some big old manatees poking around in the foliage at the edge of the bank.

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I remember fishing as a kid with a worm & bobber and being so frustrated because these fish were jumping around all over the place but none were taking my bait. Only later did I find out that you couldn't catch them on a hook (well, unless you snagged them). Good memories.

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I think the ones you see down there are a different, but closely related species...very similar. A lot of the mullet I used to see/catch in FL were white mullet. I think the finger mullet that run up here (in the NE) are juvenile forms of striped mullet

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Mullet are a bottom feeder the typically feeds on plankton and aquatic vegetation particles. If you encounter them in a fresh water situation carp fishing baits actually work quite well for them. The technique involves chumming the water first to get them interested then you can hook them. We used to use various homemade baits for them things like Vitalin, Hemp, Fluor Pop-Ups, Boilies, Mashed up Trout Pellets, Tiger Nuts and even Corn.

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