Blues will gorge on nearly any baitfish, bunker (menhaden), herring, mullet, butterfish, silversides, anchovies, so a wide range of flies will produce. They seem to enjoy chasing down their prey, so noisy, splashy poppers provide exciting, heart-pounding action. Durability is a prized feature in both topwater and subsurface bluefish offerings. Epoxy body flies, like Bob Popovics’s Surf Candies, were first designed to withstand the fish’s formidable teeth, which destroy cork and balsa poppers in short order. Foam body poppers, like Bob’s Banger, which feature tough, metallic tape over a foam cylinder, are durable, easy to make (no paint or glue), and have interchangeable heads that allow for easy changes of size and color.