Rig a Split-Tailed Mullet

Turn a stiff dead mullet into a supple trolling bait

split-tailed mullet rig
Split the bait in half lengthwise. Done properly, even the tail will split evenly. Then remove the spine and contents of the body cavity for a limber mullet.Illustration by Steve Sanford

Turn a stiff dead mullet into a supple trolling bait.

  1. Begin by cutting a notch in the top of the head to reveal the spine.
  2. Push a deboner (available at tackle shops) into the notch and down the spine to free the ribs.
  3. Insert a fillet knife into the belly at the pectoral fin and slice the mullet laterally through the tail.
  4. Pull out the spine and guts.
  5. Run trolling wire through an egg sinker up through both jaws and cinch tightly with a haywire twist.