Scup or porgy are silver-blue members of the grunt family. Large specimens can weigh several pounds. In inshore estuaries, smaller fish are more common, often weighing less than one pound.
Scup are most abundant in North England and the northern Mid Atlantic states, although they are caught as far south as Virginia.
The species is commonly called scup in northern areas, while southern anglers are likely to refer to these fish as porgy.
Scup prefer rocky bottoms, shellfish beds, shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other areas of rough bottom. They are aggressive feeders but can be hard to hook. Baits for catching scup include squid, clams, crab, shrimp, or other cut baits.