The scientists are borrowing the Pogy
and a crew of 120 from the U.
Down riggers are a good equalizer: Send a pilchard, herring, blue runner or pogy
behind the boat about 40 feet, then clip the fishing line to the downrigger release and put the ball half--to two-thirds down to the bottom.
Fishing the pogy
pods will be at a peak for tarpon in August, but it could well be worth looking behind shrimp boats to see if they're gulping chum.
If you're not going to use live chum, I highly recommend you limit your well to 1 pogy
per gallon of water.
Remember, it's not normal for a kingfish (or anything else) to see a pogy
20 miles offshore.
That's because August is when offshore shrimping begins in earnest, and pogy
pods are still providing a steady food supply for more sharks and tarpon than even the heartiest anglers want to fight under the August sun.
It just seems weird to see a sailfish come to your live pogy
in 30 feet of water, but it happens.
The first catches are always around the pogy
pods south of Port Canaveral.
Beach cobia will often be on either pogy
pods or manta rays.
In summer, sometimes we get big blackfins right on the beach, in the pogy
The many inshore wrecks such as the One More Time off Dog Island and the Rotary Reef off Panacea are good places to free-line a live pogy
or Spanish sardine for kings.