The menhaden is an oily fish that plays a big role when fishing for kings in the waters off Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island.
Hooked to troll or chopped up for chum, these smelly little fish are found to be quite tasty to local birds and fish alike.
Pogies swim in schools and can easily be spotted on the ocean by a discoloration and a “boiling” action on top of the water. Pogies panic when larger fish are near so they practically surface at the top of the water trying to escape.
Ease your boat up to the school and toss in a cast net or a Sabiki rig and supply your live well for free with some of the best bait you can find. Passing over the spot of pogy activity just two or three times with your boat should provide plenty of bait.
Please remember to always throw back what you know you won’t use!
Here is a very short video that will show you the basics of a successful catch of pogies with a cast net that was filmed aboard Captain Jim Wormhoudt’s Cleansweep, his charter fishing boat.