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General Information

Porgy fish, also known as Scup, is a schooling fish and member of the Sparidae family. They can be found from Massachusetts to South Carolina. Their oval-shaped bodies are flat laterally, almost twice as long as it is wide. The eyes are high on their small, steep heads, which are pockmarked with dark patches. They have one long dorsal fin, and two anal fins. Their skin is a dull shade of silver with light blue spots. They have many horizontal strips and a white belly.


Porgy are a heavily fished species both commercially and recreationally. They are managed by the Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. To curb damage to the species, regulations have been put in place. These include limits on size and bags. Equipment regulations were installed as well as fishing seasons. At this time, Porgy are not considered to be overfished.


Porgy can grow up to be 18 ½ inches in length, but most max out around 14 inches. They will rarely exceed two pounds. They are sexually mature around eight inches in length.

Food (Bait)

Larvae will initially feed on their yolk reserves. Once those are gone, larvae will feed upon copepods and other microscopic organisms. Adults feed upon vertabrates that reside on or around the ocean floor, like small crabs, clams, mussels and jellyfish. 

Angling Tips

Once a Porgy is hooked, they will begin to fight erratically. They provide an entertaining fight when using a 10 to 20 pound test line. Bait fishing is the optimal method when fishing for Porgy. You can use sea worms, squid strips, or pieces of clam. While they will nibble at the bait, Porgy do not readily bite the hook. Therefore, it is important for the fisherman to set the hook himself when fishing for Porgy. 1-3 snelled hooks tied to loops above the sinker is an ideal setup. Porgy will not deteriorate as quickly as some fish, but immediate icing will provide the sweetest meat. 


Porgy will spawn between May and August. The height of their reproduction occurs in the month of June. They reach sexual maturity by age three. Porgy release their buoyant eggs, and once fertilized, the eggs will hatch typically around 40 hours.


Porgy’s swim in similar-sized fish schools. They swim in areas that have smooth or rocky bottoms, congregating in areas with piers, rocks jetties or mussel beds. They swim at depths of 6 to 120 feet. Porgy will swim into harbors during high tide, then return to deep channels when the tide goes back out. Their preferred water temperature is between 55 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Latest NJ Porgy Reports

  • 2020-03-16 Ristori Bay Head

    The e-mail address for bluefish is mseeley asmfc. Posted on March 16, 2020 Tomorrow is last day for fluke bluefish comments March 17 is the last day for submitting comments to the ASMFC relative to the recent scoping hearings on both bluefish and fluke.
  • 2020-02-26 Ristori Bay Head

    The A. C. show is mostly about boats, but there are some fishing booths plus seminars. Posted on February 26, 2020 Shows open The Atlantic City Boat Show opened at Convention Hall today and runs through Sunday, while the World Fishing Outdoor Expo starts tomorrow in Rockland Community College, Suffern N. Y and also runs through Sunday.
  • 2020-02-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on February 25, 2020 United We Fish rally in D. C. was 10 years ago It s hard to believe now, but the United We Fish rally attended by busloads of east coast anglers plus some who flew into Washington D. C from other areas occurred 10 years ago. Water temperatures have stayed in the high 60s as we have had a pretty mild winter.
  • 2020-02-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on February 24, 2020 Anglers took a hit on fluke quotas and it could get worse Public Scoping Hearings on summer flounder, scup and black sea bass are being held from 6-8 p. m. today in the Belmar Municipal Court at 601 Main St., and tomorrow at the Galloway Township Library in Manahawkin. While that appears to be mainly about shifting some commercial quota from N. J. to N. Y., the possibility of cutting into recreational quota always exists.
  • 2020-02-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on February 23, 2020 Another nice day on Monday The marine weather forecast looks good again for Monday with south winds at just 10-15 knots. I ll have details in an early blog tomorrow.
  • 2020-02-03 Ristori Bay Head

    Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial Recreational Allocation Amendment The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial Recreational Allocation Amendment will consider potential modifications to the allocations of catch or landings between the commercial and recreational sectors for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass. They will be dealing with Addendum VI to the Striped Bass Management Plan and the implementation plans from the states plus any conservation equivalency proposals being put up for approval.
  • 2020-01-09 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 9, 2020 Garden State Show opens tomorrow The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show opens Thursday in the N. J. Convention Expo Center at Edison, and continues through Sunday.
  • 2019-11-18 Jamaica II Brielle

    9 pounds and a 4 pound PorgyShun Ja Teaneck NJ 47 Ling 19 Seabass and 12 PorgiesBob Amey Phila Pa 38 Ling 8 Giant Seabass and 7 PorgiesCarl Wesmann Sea Isle City NJ won the pool with a 10 lb CodSchedule the same 12 Hour 5am Jumbo Sabass Porgies Ling daily except Saturdays 14 Hour Jumbo Seabass Porgies Ling every Saturday with coolers full of Ling and Jumbo Seabass.
  • 2019-11-10 Norma K Point Pleasant Beach

    Nice Sea Bass and Winter Flounder as well! Posted on November 10 2019 Weekend Wrap Up November 9th 10th!
  • 2019-11-07 Norma K Point Pleasant Beach

    Captain Ken was 84 when he past will be deeply missed by all! Please keep him in you prayers!We will be canceling our Monday trip in dedication to Captain Ken Keller!Captain Matt

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