Episode 512

Mullet

Show Description: Chad Crawford sets out to preach the gospel of… the mullet? We’re not talking about the hairstyle, folks! The fish is usually considered a trash fish by Floridians, but Chad finds a few mullet converts in the Panhandle and learns to fish them, eat them, and toss them! Chef Justin joins the business in the front, party in the back when he shows you how to wrap a mullet spring roll. And don’t forget our quick look back at tarpon fishing!

Where: You can celebrate (and fish) the mullet statewide!  And don’t forget the mullet toss at the Florida-Alabama state line.

When: Year-round fishing! And catch the Flori-Bama Mullet toss at the end of April.

How Much: A few bucks for the appropriate license and you’re good to go!

What you’ll need: A cast net is better for these little buggers, but you can hook ’em if you’re hook is small and your patience overflowing. And when you’ve caught them, head to our Florida Cooking page for a few tasty mullet recipes.

 

Resource Links: Florida Recreational Fishing Guidelines Flori-Bama Mullet Toss Respect the Mullet T-shirts – Men’s & Women’s

Florida Cooking: Smoked Florida Mullet Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

 

Yield 4 Servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 to 10 rice paper wraps (Vietnamese) found in Asian food store
  • Sweet chili dipping sauce, found in Asian food store
  • 6 Florida radishes, washed and sliced thin
  • 1 large side smoked Florida mullet, meat picked free of bone and skin
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, hand torn
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cucumber, shredded
  • 1 red Florida bell pepper, sliced  thin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh horseradish

 

Preparation:

  1. Rehydrate one or two rice paper wraps in a bowl of water for about 10 to 20 seconds until soft and pliable.
  2. Spread the hydrated rice paper wraps out on a clean working surface.
  3. Fill the wraps with the smoked mullet, the other fresh ingredients, and horseradish as desired, by making a 3 inch long pile towards the bottom of the wrap. Try not to overstuff the wraps.
  4. Pull the bottom of the wrap over the pile of veggies, keeping it tight without ripping the wrap.
  5. Fold in the sides of the wrap.
  6. Roll the wrap up to make an egg roll type shape.
  7. Continue the wrap making process until all the ingredients are used.
  8. Keep a damp paper towel over the wraps to keep them moist.
  9. Serve wraps with sweet chili dipping sauce.

how to Do Tarpon Fishing

Where: Tarpon can be found in most coastal areas in South Florida. Famous tarpon fishing locations are Islamorada and Boca Grande Pass.

When: Tarpon begin appearing in the Keys around February and travel further north until May and June, the best months for tarpon fishing.

How much: A full day backcountry fishing trip in the Keys costs around $600.

What you’ll need: –       Solid equipment –       Drift fishing the channels with live bait –       Watch the surface –       Match your bait

 

Resource Links: Bud N Mary’s Marina: Bill Bassett