Some of y'all may never have had the good fortune to eat fried mullet, just caught that day. It is a treat. You fry the filets AND the backbone which you can scrape tiny morsels of deliciousness from while the filet itself is a fine piece of good fish. Mullet is probably why, in this part of Florida, at least, early settlers could sustain their lives in such a rugged area. And I am sure that the Indigenous people who lived here ate plenty of it too. It's a fish that has protein and a bountiful goodness of healthy oils. It is a fish that is netted, not caught on a line, and although it is still fairly abundant, back before we fucked up everything, it was VASTLY abundant. The fish can live in both salt and fresh water and when they run, fishermen bring them in. They are excellent smoked and so in that way were an important food before refrigeration.
And get this- dolphins hunt mullet and sometimes they do it by herding them to shore where they beach themselves and eat like kings. Here's a video from BBC Earth.
Here's a close-up.