The striped mullet is the largest and most common of the mullets that live in North America. Like the eel, the striped mullet is catadromous, migrating from fresh to salt water to spawn, although the mullet's migrations are not remotely as long and arduous as those that eels undertake. Mullet are primarily vegetarians, feeding on algae and detritus. They often sift through the bottom sediment for algae or suck scum off the water surface. Because of this, they usually will not take a bait.
Other Names: black mullet, true mullet, bright mullet, bully mullet, common mullet, flathead mullet, gray mullet, hardgut mullet, mangrove mullet, mullet, river mullet, sea mullet, springer