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Live wells and mullet

Was down @ my place in Palm Coast fishing the creeks off ICW and lots of mullet getting crash on and coming back to launch lots of snook crashing pods of mullet, Wishing I had my live well on yak.  Question: how hardy / tolerant are mullet in live wells??  Fish w/ Mackerals back in NE and based on size not always  the most hardy.  thx


  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 4,216 Captain
    Mullet is not a very energetic bait compared to a mackerel.  I have kept them unattended for up to 6 months in a pen in my backyard brackish canal.  I have also used them to catch Tarpon in the ICW.  Transporting them from the pen in the canal via an aerated bucket to the launch location, and then keeping them alive in a Hobie live well while fishing.  They are a soak/troll bait as opposed to a mackerel that I would categorize as a swimming bait.
  • nh guynh guy Posts: 28 Deckhand
    Great, I have a Hobie style live well from Austin Kayak so will need to pack it on my annual Fall trip.  thx

    I usually troll vs toss macs into rocks for stripers, but w/ Horse macs they want to tow yak sometimes..
  • gogittumgogittum Posts: 4,237 Captain
    We used to cut part of the tail off Mackerel when fishing for California Yellowtail.  Slows 'em down some.
  • OkgolferOkgolfer Posts: 51 Deckhand
    Mullet are very hardy/tolerant. In a SOT yak with water in the foot wells fingers will stay alive for hours in an inch of water. Keep em in a bucket and freshen the water occasionally. Or drag one of those yellow trapdoor bait buckets. If you don’t overcrowd it mullet will last a long long time. In a live well with cycling water mullet last for days.
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