How-To: Topwater Bluefish on Hogy Surface Pencils

Dog days of summer? Never heard of it. When August rolls around, its common to hear that there isn’t much action going on inshore. However, bluefish can be found stacked up in the various rips of Vineyard Sound and make for exciting topwater action!

We were casting Hogy Charter Grade Surface Pencils in the rips at Hedgefence for bluefish keyed in on baby squid. These fish were staging right inside the rip and a properly placed cast was the ticket to enticing a strike. Bluefish are an aggressive, hard fighting and acrobatic fish. What else can you ask for in an inshore game fish?

Pink & White Hogy Surface Pencils are a perfect match for imitating squid.

Gear List

Rod: 7′ MH Shimano Terez

Reel: 5K Shimano Saragosa

Line: 40lb Braid

Leader: 30lb Fluoro

Lure: Hogy Charter Grade Surface Pencil


1. Match the hatch of the abundant forage.

2. Fish “the swing”. Cast up tide and let your plug swing into the strike zone.

3. When dealing with toothy bluefish, opt for a single hook plug for easy de-hooking.

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