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Live Eels/Porgies for sale on the N. Shore?


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#1 flyrod1

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Posted June 20 2009 - 7:54 AM

Any suggestions on where can I find live eels and/or porgies for sale on the North Shore? Thanks!



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Posted June 20 2009 - 8:04 AM

I think you are looking for pogies (menhaden) not porgies (scup). Bob's Bait Shack in Winthrop is the only place I know of north of Boston that has fresh pogies. Pretty much any B&T will have eels.

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Posted June 20 2009 - 8:10 AM

yes, you are right - pogies. Or as on Long Island we call them bunker. same fish yes?

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Posted June 20 2009 - 9:15 AM

Al's bait and tackle in Beverly by the Beverly/Salem Bridge sells live eels.

Ippi's Bait in Lynn sells live eels also.

Not sure if they sell pogies; give them a call.

The service is much friendlier at Ippi's.



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Posted June 20 2009 - 9:19 AM

yes, you are right - pogies. Or as on Long Island we call them bunker. same fish yes?

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Yes, same fish. And I don't know of any shops in Massachusets that sell them live. Dead fresh (like 3 hours old) is about the best you'll do.

Somebody might be willing to steer you to some place where you could net or snag some live ones--unfortunately, I don't know of any place right now.


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Posted June 22 2009 - 7:28 AM

Are you allowed to use a cast net? I've used them in FL for years for pilchards and mullet, but wasn't sure what the rules were up here....anything you CAN'T use a cast net for?



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Posted June 22 2009 - 9:39 AM

4.15 Use of Cast Nets for Harvest of Bait
(1) Definitions. For purposes of 322 CMR 4.15 the following words have the following meanings:

(a) Cast net means any circular net weighted along the perimeter that is operated by one person throwing the net out over the water and designed to catch bait fish beneath the net as it as it falls through the water.

(b) Bait fish means those species commonly used as bait and includes menhaden, sea herring, sand launce, and mackerel.
(2) Permit. A person may, without a special permit, use a cast net for purposes of taking bait.
(3) Prohibitions. It shall be unlawful for:

(a) any person to use a cast net for purposes of obtaining bait for sale without possessing a commercial permit.

(b) any person to use a cast net for purposes of obtaining bait for sale to other fishermen without possessing a bait dealer permit.
REGULATORY AUTHORITY

M.G.L. c. 130, §§ 2, 17A, 80 and 104; 16 U.S.C. 1856(a)(2).


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