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Surf fishing question; what's schooling lately?

By: OBX25
7/23/2017 4:12 PM

At least in Corolla the past few days there have been some small schooling of fish with some top action. Casting into them with a lure (Kastmaster) I have caught a few but none in the mouth. All seemed to gaffed in the back of the head. I am not sure if the small schools are so thick that the treble book is just catching what's in the way or...... Any ideas? They do not seem to be chasing the lure, nor do they seem to be hitting other baits either.

Based on reports online looks like surf fishing is very slow so far up and down the coast, hopefully it will pick up, perhaps due to the very cold water.


By: Grumpy9117
7/23/2017 4:18 PM

It's probably schools of Menhaden. They won't bite anything, you have to snag them.



By: Pickle
7/23/2017 7:05 PM

I second Menhaden, aka Bunker, Fat Back, Mossbunker, Pogie. An oily bait fish. Heavily Commercially fished for their oil. This fish "Flash" on the surface, but do not bite.
In certain instance there can be predators below them, but most small Spanish and Blues do not eat them. Generally the Blues and Spanish will chase Silverside Minnows (Spearing) Glass Minnows, Finger Mullet amongst others. Surf fishing on the Northern Beaches down to Oregon Inlet has been very slow.


By: OBX25
7/24/2017 8:04 AM

Thanks. I would agree that they were definitely Menhaden given that the pictures and your descriptions match up exactly. Thanks again.