Picked up some lobster bait this morning for our boats. Our guys prefer herring to pogies as pogies get extremely greasy and make working on the deck of the boats dangerous. Once that pogie juice gets on the deck it’s literally as if you were walking around on a pond covered with axle grease.
This is what pogies look like after they have sat around for a while, salted in drums or vats. They turn brownish and a bit stinky but are still good for lobster bait when the herring boats don’t go fishing due to full quotas or spawning closures.
Due to a herring fishing shut down lobstermen will be using other types of bait such as pogies.