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thecanoe
09-04-2000, 09:01 PM
Went to the cape for a long weekend (Dennisport.) On thursday afternoon about 5.00 pm I went for a swim. Thousands of tiny baitfish were moving down the coast. I decided to get my kayak to do a little fishing. About 100 yards off shore I spotted lots of birds making a raquet and diving into the water. I paddled over and got into a large school of blues on a feeding frenzy. I landed about a dozen between 3-5 lbs. What a blast. Anyone know what baitfish they were feeding on? They didn't look like herring
Larry

Basenji123
09-04-2000, 09:12 PM
Sounds like a great time. Those small bait fish may have been Baby Menhaden aka....(peanut bunker).

thecanoe
09-04-2000, 09:50 PM
Are menhaden also called pogies? These fish were silver with a slight roundness in the belly.They were about 2" long. The school was so thick ,it looked as if you could walk on them.

schwilp
09-04-2000, 10:03 PM
That's a perfect description of peanut bunker (baby
pogies);
will

Scuppy
09-05-2000, 10:38 AM
the black dot behind the gills is the menhadens most distintive feature

There is a picture of a menhaden at
http://www.mbl.edu/FLESCHER/Med/736.JPG