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Old 12-02-2019, 10:16 PM   #1
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Remember when everything on the west side of the Navy yard bridge on Bayou Grande was closed to Gill nets and the Mullet would stage there before making their move to spawn. Dozens of boats would be waiting on the east side when they did. If i remember correctly, the Mullet would make their move when it was dark, windy and freezing.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:07 AM   #2
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Old guy here, dont remember that here but heres one for you . Off Anna Maria Island back in late 50$ before purse sanes were outlawed. Cortez fishermen would encircle a school of mullet around xmas time take up the pocket with millions of mullet acres.
They had about a 50 ft bare shell boat hull. They would fill that hull tow it to fish house and unload it for 2 days. They got about .8 of a cent a pound for the mullet for cat food. Us kids would help clear gilled mullet that were caught in the sanes that were drug on beach to create the pocket. An unbelievable sight. A camera in those days would have been nice. I was around 13.
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Ive heard many stories about that. So many mullet swimming by it would turn anchored boats

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Remember when everything on the west side of the Navy yard bridge on Bayou Grande was closed to Gill nets and the Mullet would stage there before making their move to spawn. Dozens of boats would be waiting on the east side when they did. If i remember correctly, the Mullet would make their move when it was dark, windy and freezing.
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This might bring back some memories



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Old guy here, dont remember that here but heres one for you . Off Anna Maria Island back in late 50$ before purse sanes were outlawed. Cortez fishermen would encircle a school of mullet around xmas time take up the pocket with millions of mullet acres.
They had about a 50 ft bare shell boat hull. They would fill that hull tow it to fish house and unload it for 2 days. They got about .8 of a cent a pound for the mullet for cat food. Us kids would help clear gilled mullet that were caught in the sanes that were drug on beach to create the pocket. An unbelievable sight. A camera in those days would have been nice. I was around 13.
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i remember back in the 60's when 331 went through freeport, we would bait mullet holes with a cottonseed meal cake in a croker sack somewhere on the choctawhatchee. we took a left going south from freeport right before you get to long bridge. somewhere aroound those creeks and rivers. black, mitchell, indian?
we would break the end off of a cane pole, put 20lb test and fish with biscuit balls. boy, that was fishing back then. those mullet would bend those poles even with the tips broke off. we would fish till we just got tired. no limit.

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When I was first dating my wife back in the mid 80's, I would go down to shoreline park and set a gill net with her family, get a ton of mullet and then clean and have a fish fry there at the park, was a lot of fun. Made ice cream by hand as well.
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Im proud to have seen and participated in the gill net days around here
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Me too, we rode the beach in our beach buggies with our gill nets in the back...
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back in the mid-70's I worked at Holiday Harbor Marina as a dock hand when I wasn't working my dad's charter boat. I'd go out with old Bill Clark now and then on his mullet boat and run nets in old river. Mullet so thick you could walk across them back then. It was also the first and ONLY time I ever stepped on a catfish...….still remember the hurt from it!!
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My cousin told me of a time in the 60s on the west end of Panama City Beach.
His Dad netted about 3,000 lbs of pompano one night. He loaded them up and ran around the beach and sold them to restaurants.
My parents and I used to fish on Captain Anderson's boats in the 60s. Back then all we kept were grouper and snapper and we always caught some big ones. Trigger and amberjack were thrown back. Trash fish.
My Dad used to fish every day in the winter off the Deer Point dam. He would always catch a bunch of specks and sell them at the fish market.
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