Mullet: Mugil cephalus (Striped Mullet)

Florida Regulations:

*NOTE: The following regulations also apply to Mugil curema (silver or white mullet), Mugil gyrans (fantail mullet) and Mugil gaimardianus (redeye mullet). 

RegulationsGulf State WatersAtlantic State Waters 
Minimum Size Limit No Recreational Size Limit 
Daily Bag Limit

50 fish per person

Vessel limit: 50 Fish from September 1 – January 31

Vessel limit: 100 Fish from February 1 – August 31


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: spearfishing mullet in fresh water prohibited

State Waters Harvest Seasons


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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