Pogies Pogies Pogies

Pogies Pogies Pogies

Menhaden  ~   Bunker   ~   Pogies

Whatever you call them they are back again this year. Fields and fields of pogies everywhere out front along Plum Island Beach as well as north and south. Fishermen are just bouncing around from one to another chasing the illusive striper. When pogies are around good luck catching a bass. From what we have been told, you are pretty lucky to catch a bass on a snagged pogie. There are so many pogies that some of the schools have stripers underneath them and other schools do not. Some guys tell us they can see the big bass under the pogies others say there is nothing.

But if you are AJ Drivas or on his boat chances are pretty good that you will catch a striper or two. Here’s a photo of Jake Glebocki from New Jersey visiting Aj Drivas from plum island. He hooked up to a 39 lb striped bass feeding on pogies. They caught several fish ranging from 30 -39lbs.  They were also lucky enough to watch a few tuna cahse the pogies around for a few minutes. It is a wonder out there.

Jake Glebocki from New Jersey

Yesterday Jose Rosado from Haverhill was in to weigh in his fish.  At about 10 am (2 hours into the incoming tide) he was live lining pogies from a boat along the oceanfront when he hooked into this 29-3 pounder. He said this was the only fish he caught but you could look over the boat into the school of pogies and just see the big stripers underneath!

Jose Rosado

John Blais and Craig Edwards from Andover MA were out in the middle of the week. They were fishing from a boat off the end of jetty ocean side. Live lining pogies when they started hooking up to fish. They told us that the school of pogies ran along the whole beach right out from the jetties and south of the jetties and out from the jetties about 200 feet. 8 total fish with the rest mid 20’s inches.

John Blais             18-8 lbs     37 1/2”            Craig Edwards

This mornings action happened along the oceanfront. Kevin Weaver from Rowley hit the beach this am for sunrise. Used top water lures to hook up to this chubba 27” Others caught were smaller but he stated that there was a big ferry frenzy going on and he cast into it and got lucky.

Here are some other pictures that were sent to us this week:

Joey Scanlon
Night drift during the day. Total “last cast” fluke. 42” 34LB. Live eels.

Dave Coleman
Caught this 26.5” striper off of the jetty. Low tide July 4th.
Liz Cowie
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:45h, 07 July

    Any suggestions of what might be a good lure choice when surfcasting when pogies are around? I have been throwing sp minnows, and other stuff the last week or so and no action on any lures.

  • Joe Q
    Posted at 13:12h, 07 July

    A snag hook

  • Pixie 🧚‍♂️
    Posted at 08:03h, 08 July

    Maybe a yellow Danny plug or a yellow doc plug.

    I would go with the snag hook though!!!

  • Tom Palladino
    Posted at 09:34h, 08 July

    Stick with a Mack pattern from sure or bait!!! Sometimes giving them something different is a good idea!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:50h, 08 July

    A large white Magic Swimmer

  • Dennis H
    Posted at 13:54h, 08 July

    Anyone ever use a “clip rig” for pogies? saw a Utube that they work well to not injure the striper. Do you have them at Surfland? I want to give them a try.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:26h, 08 July

    those pogies were out in front of lot one most of the day

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:29h, 08 July

    Casting distance from shore?

  • Joe Q
    Posted at 14:36h, 10 July


    Always pack a 20″-28″ cut of Polyvinyl Chloride “PVC” Pipe with an opening on one end attached to another larger diameter capped pipe for the aft end. The large diameter should have a hole at the top. Pack the top half with a big ole snag hook, fill the bottom with a little hair spray and light that baby with a lit cigarette. Anything at this point is within casting distance.

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