Scup (Stenotomus chrysops), also known as porgy, range from Nova Scotia to Florida. However, they are rarely found south of North Carolina. When the water is warm, scup can be found in the coastal waters surrounding Long Island. During the winter months scup stay offshore; when the water warms up in the spring, they then return to inshore waters.
Photo by J. Kunkel
Scup are relatively small fish. They can grow up to 18 inches (46cm), and can weigh up to 6 pounds (2.7kg). Most of the fish caught average a weight between 1-3 pounds. The largest fish taken in New York was 6 pounds 4 ounces and was caught back in 1978.
Scup feed on smaller marine life, such as worms, mollusks and small baitfish.
Fishing for scup can provide non-stop action for recreational anglers and is a great way to get children involved with fishing. The flesh of scup has a fine, delicate flavor, making it a prized food fish. Be sure to check the recreational size and catch limits before you head out on your next fishing trip.