The October-November “Pop-eyed” Mullet Run
Submitted via email – by Howard Hewett, Jones Creek, TX – August 20, 2014
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In late October early November, the fall Atlantic mullet run was a major food supply for the Hewett-Lewis family as far back as the establishment of the clan on Bone’s Neck in Brunswick County in the late 1700’s. After moving to Federal Point, Uncle Crawford Lewis, my grandfather and my Dad maintained the family tradition of fishing.
Striped mullet are active schooling fish frequently seen jumping and clearing the water by more than three times their body length. Some fish may be 24 inches in length. Their jumping habits have earned them the nickname “jumping mullet.” Because of their thick, fleshy eyelids, they are also called “pop-eyed” mullet. This was the most common name used when referring to them by our family. Read more ….