Striped mullet (Mugil cephalus) are also called black mullet, pop eyed mullet, and fatback mullet. When small they are often referred to as finger mullet due to their shape and size. They are related to the white mullet, a smaller cousin that also makes a great bait.
They feed on algae, detritus and other tiny marine forms and usually can’t be caught on a hook. Cast nets are often used to catch them. The larger fish are often used as cut bait and are a favorite for red drum fishing. The smaller ones or finger mullets are used as live bait or as whole natural baits when dead.