Mullet as Fish Bait. Mainly found along the mid- and southern-Atlantic waters, mullet are quite important to fly fishing. When they are on their spawning run, they gather in enormous schools. Tarpon and snook will feed furiously.
Redfish are also big mullet fans (when the state of Florida banned the netting of mullet a few years ago, redfishing turned red hot). Often, mullet group along beaches and in estuaries before heading out to sea to mature.
Like other bait, they form tight schools when pursued by game fish, and sometimes they leap from the water. They are unmistakable because every fish in a school pokes its rounded snout in the air in an attempt to offer less target to marauding game fish.
When you cast a mullet imitation, retrieve it with a steady 8- to 12-inch strip. Use flies 2 to 5 inches long, in white, gray, green, or brown.