With the temperatures starting to drop and the promise of cold fronts later this week we can expect our local mullet fisherman to be out in full force. The cooler weather drives the fish to school in large pods allowing the fisherman to catch the fish in much greater quantities for mullet season. Mullet season is dependent on the weather but usually lasts from early December to March. If you are staying in one of our vacation rentals during the winter months you will more than likely see these fisherman off the beach or on the road where they tow the boat to different areas.
The fish is primarily harvested for the roe which is then shipped to foreign countries where it considered a delicacy to eat. Not until recently has the fish been cured and distributed domestically. The end process is known as Bottarga and can be found at various restaurants around the United States. If you would like to try Bottarga locally we suggest Central Cafe or the Sandbar Restaurant.
Below is a video from the archives of mullet fisherman off of Anna Maria Island: