For a fun day on the water, nothing beats a day of porgy fishing. They fight hard, are easy to catch, and loads of fun for the entire family. And, they are a great eating fish, which can be served up in many ways for the dinner table. Below are a few tips I have learned over the years that should add a few more fish to your bucket, and maybe save a few rigs too.
ROUND VS BANK SINKERS
This is a tip I actually learned from Capt. Scott Leonard of Top Gun Sportfishing Charters. A lot of times when porgy fishing, the bank sinker will get wedged into rough bottom. Capt. Scott prefers using bell sinkers with built-in swivels, rather than standard bank sinkers. The round shape, combined with the swivel, allows the sinker to roll off rocks and crevices and will reduce the risk of getting hung up.
I WANT TWO
Every porgy angler likes to catch double-headers right? I sure do, but at times, just hooking one can be a task with these bait stealers. Over the years, I have found a somewhat surefire way to hook two. Drop your rig down, and when you feel the first bite, set the hook. Once one is hooked, leave the rig down, and wait for the feel of more weight. Then set the hook again and you should be fastened to a double header.
STRINGY IS BETTER
Most porgy anglers use a small piece of bait and just hook it several times onto the hook. I prefer a piece about two inches long, threaded onto the hook, with a small piece hanging off to entice a bite. In my opinion, this will allow a porgy to suck in the bait before it feels the hook. This will also improve your odds of catching a double-header.