It has always amused me when someone says,"any kings?Then someone repliesw with,"yep!,we are reeling them in like crazy on shrimp!"
from cape fear south a kingfish is a kingmackerel.A mullet is a jumping fish often used to catch king mackerel.a sea mullet is a whitting
farther north a kingfish is a whitting and a seamullet is a whitting.seamullet??
is there a river mullet or pond mullet?? Always got a kick out of the different names given to fish along our coast.
myrtle beach-----spot tail
north of cape fear---puppy drum
ITS A FRIPPIN WHITTING PEOPLE!!! not a king! not a frippin sea mullet.
next time someone asks me for mullet(for cut bait) to catch WHITTING im going to fillet a whitting and give to them...opps you call it a sea mullet!!hahahahaha
ya outta learn to spell it before you get your panties all twisted up about something... it's whiting...
The confusion begins with the local names for both kingfish and king mackeral.
Pretty funny that you think the rest of the coast is wrong just because you have assigned the actual names of completely different species to a single fish and refuse to call a Kingfish by its real name .
When in Rome....
When in Florida I talk about Whiting.
When I'm on the OBX, I'm catching Sea Mullet.
When I'm fishing DE or MD, I'm catching Kingfish (mostly Southern but sometimes Northern).
I think it's kind of neat that different regions have different names for the same fish. Ya just gotta know what the locals call them that's all.
Tweed is right! They're tasty, and the wife likes em even more than me! Figger it out...
But while we're on it, here in the Tidewater area they are refered to as roundheads. I haven't heard the term much outside of here. Anyone know about that?
roundhead at topsail too
yep i grew up callin them tasty little suckers roundheads. when i moved down to the outerbanks they looked at me funny when i said roundhead. nobody knew what i was talking about. now people in va look at me funny when i say sea mullet. i caught 2.5 lb sea mullet last fall in the surf, i want to get out on ovp and catch another. i talked to some kids down the street and they caught a mess of them out there.
Another one that I like is the menhaden. In the Northeast they are bunker. In North Carolina they are menhaden. South of the line they are pogies.
People give me all manner of strange looks (except Hoss the German) when I say menhaden or bunker down on CG.
Roundhead for me. Anyone know the history behind that name?
Sea Mullet, Round Head, Virginia Mullet, Whiting
Puppy drum, Drum, Channel Bass, Spot Tail Bass, Red Fish, Red Drum
Speckeled Trout, Specks, Spotted Sea Trout
Gray Trout, Weak Fish, Tide Runners
Spot, Spot, Spot, Spot, Spot
Hey, there's something we all agree on.
Go to Kroger Grocery, open the Fish Freezer and look at what they have.
They don't have Kingfish, they don' t have sea mullet, they have Whiting Fillets.
So the commercial name is Whiting and Kroger is not just a local Food Chain they are all over the Eastern Coast
How bout Sea Monkey or Drum/stiper candy, lil samiches, or tasty critters. These all refer to sea mullet as well!
The only "TRUE" names for the sea mullet/whiting/sea monkey/ kingfish/roundhead/samaches/ Dr Bubba purple pill/ mm mmmm good/ drum/striper candy
I guess I go by what the books call them. No matter where I am.
ok king mackeral are big have sharp teeth, mullet are small and what i like to use for king bait but there alright to eat some times but make sur they are fried
Spinmeister, the whiting you see in the store is Merlangius merlangius, it's a North Atlantic species related to cod and hake....scroll down on this link and see:
Whitings are Whiting
Specs are Summer Trout
SpotTail Bass are small Red Drums
Mullet is bait
Drums are Big Red Drums
Spots are Spots
Blues are Blues
Flounders are Flounders
Pomps are Pompano's
Kings are King Mackerel
Spanish are Spanish Mackerel
Strippers are fresh water fish and are caught year round up to 50 lb
and last but not least in SC
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Last edited by Fireline20; 05-06-2009 at 06:05 PM.