This past Wednesday July 29th I had a unique opportunity to film and photograph two amazing schools of menhaden.
Over the past several days I've seen menhaden schools inside Cape Cod Bay, as well as along the Atlantic-facing beaches of Outer Cape Cod.
Each school probably contained several thousand menhaden. I know many people reading this have seen these schools before, but have you ever wondered what it actually looked like down there?
Well here you go!
Interestingly, menhaden were not the only species present in the school. There were several "surprise fish" which made an appearance.
One surprise was this guy
I am not 100% sure the species of the fish above, but I have a feeling it might be a blue runner. Please let me know what species you think it is by leaving a comment below.
Another surprise was the small school of Atlantic mackerel which was hanging out above the pogies.
Unfortunately on Wednesday I only saw one striped bass and no bluefin tuna or great white sharks. I have been hearing stories and reading reports in our forum about some really big bass and tuna feeding on these pogies.
You can watch some video footage of my menhaden experience from this past Wednesday by clicking play below.
I first began seeing big schools of menhaden in April, and it seems like they are sticking around Cape Cod for the summer. If you head out fishing this week, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for pogies.
As mentioned earlier in this post, I've seen big schools the past several days off the Outer Cape between Provincetown and Eastham, as well as in Cape Cod Bay.