ABUNDANCE OF BAIT IN THE GULF
It is during the colder months that pogies, also known as Gulf Menhaden, spawn and feed offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.
“The abundance of pogie bait in the Louisiana Gulf is unbelievable in January, February, March and April,” said Captain Troy Wetzel, Louisiana Offshore Fishing Charters.
As day breaks, Capt. Troy and his crew head offshore a short distance from Venice, La. to where these pogie balls are popping up out of the water. According to Capt. Troy, the monster-sized Wahoo weighing up to 120 lbs. can be caught about 20 to 80 ft. around the oil rigs where they gather ready to ambush bait fish.
“Big Yellowfin tuna weighing up to 250 lbs. also migrate here during this time of year to have a feeding frenzy on these pogie balls,” said Capt. Troy.
Pogies, are about 8 inches long, silvery colored with black spots behind the gills. The name pogie or pogy may have originated from the north-eastern American French name for menhaden (fish) or poghaden. Pogies are considered to be plentiful in the Gulf and not overfished.