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Old 12-21-2015, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Amazing mullet men

I'm still thinking about the mullet fishermen I saw a couple days ago at the mouth of the jetty. Rough seas kept the recreational boats inshore, but didn't stop the mullet guys. Imagine a tiny skiff with a full-length platform to stand on, meaning no gunwales, and having to throw a heavy net and retrieve it full of fish. Several of these guys were doing it solo with their skiffs in 3 to 4 foot waves and 20 mph winds at the jetty mouth. They'd get into position, go from the helm to the net, and haul in their catch while their little skiffs turned beam to the seas and got surfed down the waves. I don't know how they stayed upright, let alone dealt their nets and fish.

Does anyone have any insight or experience with this profession, not that I would try it. How do they know exactly where the mullet are in rough water? How heavy are those nets? How are they able to handle the boats like that?
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Too bad you didn't get any video, sounds like quite the sight
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I know some of them in my area. They are all a little crazy. Not for me.
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Do they all have the same funny haircut?
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:15 AM   #5
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It's a hard way to earn a living if you ask me. Same with crabbing and most commercial fishing.
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Something like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3hWzvml_vE
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yup saw 18 of them today. in some rough stuuf.
in the sw region of florida it looks like the mullet must be in from now many boats there are out
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Mullet are always in Naples this time of year. The roads get stacked with carolina skiffs and other mullet rigs on trailers from out of town. The out of town ones usually fish during the day right in the middle of everything and get pissed when you go by them in a 30 mph zone. The locals here run at night. I saw a flare go off around midnight one night and 3 mullet boats fired up there engines and ran right to it.
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Do they all have the same funny haircut?
Apparently 'Amazing' haircut...
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No it's nothing like that. They do it in heavy seas with high winds on busted up overloaded boats that barely float while constantly bumping into other boats.

Not for the faint of heart.
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Here is the video you are looking for ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRX1bHXk08
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After the net ban the only legal way for the mullet fisherman to get their catch. Sometimes they will come upon you and cast all around your boat. I fish out of Goodland Florida, so Mullet fishing is in everybody's blood down here. They get good money for the row from the SE Asia folks. An aphrodisiac so they say. I love smoked Mullet for sure.

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Holy shake-y cam batman. Thanks for the aneurysm. The second crew was culling the mullet and I was going to ask why/details, guessing they were checking for roe and keeping females. Instead I just looked it up. Seems that the females have the "good" roe and males don't, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But whatever.

Article here: https://fishsblog.wordpress.com/2015...ullet-dumping/

Looks like they passed some new regs since that video. As per usual, the commercial guys HATE when "recreational" guys participate in any fishery. For a variety of reasons. I don't really fall on either side, but it never ends well for either group.
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Holy shake-y cam batman. Thanks for the aneurysm. The second crew was culling the mullet and I was going to ask why/details, guessing they were checking for roe and keeping females. Instead I just looked it up. Seems that the females have the "good" roe and males don't, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But whatever.

Article here: https://fishsblog.wordpress.com/2015...ullet-dumping/

Looks like they passed some new regs since that video. As per usual, the commercial guys HATE when "recreational" guys participate in any fishery. For a variety of reasons. I don't really fall on either side, but it never ends well for either group.
Male fish have milt ( sperm) not roe eggs, in spite of what some may call it.
Mullet milt is edible but not as flavorful as roe, with much lower market demand and price. The females grow larger.

As for the haircut... just say NOOOOOOOOOooo.
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My uncle just loaded up the other day in the Tarpon Springs area
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How do they know where to throw the net? Those mullet must move around a lot and you can't always see them on the surface.
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Once you get into a school of them all you have to do is blind cast, they'll be everywhere.
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I hope they don't deplete them with wasteful practices. Yesterday the mullet guys were in my creek, and this morning dead mullet are floating by my dock.
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They are just a bunch of lawn guys, firefighters, and charter captains out making extra money in their slow season. I know quite a few of them but I don't like the idea of all the waste involved with their bycatch. It's just not right to hit our resources so hard to feed some rich Asians some fish eggs.
It's very frustrating to see all these thousands of pounds of fish caught to be shipped overseas and a lot of dead male mullet floating around yet I can't bring 1 snook or grouper home for dinner. BS.
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I don't know why they don't sell the gutted fish minus the roe to fishermen. Cut mullet is great bait. The local bait shop charges almost 5 dollars for a whole mullet!
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