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Sand Eel: The Sand Eel (Ammodytes americanus) is also know as the sand lance, sand launce and launce and is an inshore species not related to the common eel. Itâs Latin name literally means sand burrower, a typical behavioral pattern when it is fleeing from a predator or resting. Sand eels are recognized by their slender body and a pointed snout. They have a long dorsal and anal fin and are deep blue green to bronze on back with a white belly. They can grow as long as fifteen inches but are commonly found in the four to six inch range. The Sand Eel is one of the most important staple foods for the striped bass and bluefish ö and, thus make a great bait. However, using them as a bait can become quite frustrating due to their very soft skin, which makes it tricky to keep them on the hook. But, they are still considered by many to be the top bait for Bass.

PogiePogies: The Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) is found in coastal and estuarine waters from Nova Scotia to northern Florida. Besides ăPogyä, Menhaden are also known as mossbunker, bony fish, chebog, hardhead and whitefish. This small (up to 15 inches long), blue-black fish with metallic flanks and deeply forked tail is the Îbreadbasket' of Southeastern New England, as it is one of the favorite foods of striped bass, bluefish, sea trout, tuna and sharks.

Menhaden swim in large schools close to the water's surface during the spring, summer and fall. Throughout the spring, the schools stratify by size and age along the coast. During the fall and early winter, most menhaden migrate south to North Carolina, where they remain until March and early April. Menhaden are not anadromous fishes; they spawn in the ocean.

Etymology of ăPogyä: Alteration of dialectal poghaden, perhaps of Eastern Abenaki origin. Eastern Abenaki is an extinct language once spoken by the Penobscot in the coastal area of the state of Maine.
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