Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus)
AKA: Pogy, Shad, Bunker, Mossbunker, Fatback, Razor Belly, Alewife, LY
Prominent features: The most common of all baitfish. All three species of menhaden have a single black spot behind the gill and green-blue backs. The Atlantic and Gulf species have additional spots on sides and brassy colored scales. The Yellowfin’s sides are dull silver. A very oily fish.
Most popular uses: All three species are used interchangeably. One of the best Tarpon baits. Can also be used as cut bait for bottom dwelling fish. Excellent chum – either cut up or ground.