The scup or porgy is a small silvery-blue fish, related to grunts and sheepshead. Scup are found around piers, rocks, ledges, and shellfish beds from Massachusetts to North Carolina.
They move inshore in summer but return to deeper waters offshore or migrate southward when temperatures cool. Large scup generally reside farther offshore than juveniles of the species.
Scup have lean, flaky, white flesh. Scup are often scaled, dressed, and cooked whole as their many bones make them difficult to fillet.