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Fishing for Tautog

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Rocky, inshore water along New England's robust Atlantic coast host a healthy population of this delicious fish that is as enjoyable to catch as they are coming out of the frying pan.

Tautog has been a go-to species along the northeast Atlantic coast for hundreds of years, getting its name from a coastal Native American tribe.

Local tautog fishing experts will also refer to them as 'blackfish', as seen sporting dark coloured bodies, getting darker with age. Tautog like to hug inshore water systems reachable from long piers and the shore, making them a perfect species to go for on a quick day of fishing, no need to go out miles from the coast to have a successful day fishing for tautog.

The best day fishing for tautog is with a lot of moving and searching for the schools, feeding between rocks, reefs and nutrient-rich structures such as shipwrecks. Sink some natural bait like chunks of crab above rocky structures and wait for the tautog to grab hold.

Tautog have tough lips to seek out mollusk and crab from their rocky protection so find where these structures are and have a tough hook and monofilament setup ready for this powerful mid-sized fish!

Basic Info

Scientific name: Tautoga onitis

Size: 30 – 40 cm

Weight: 0.45 – 1.36 kg

Lifespan: 34 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Western Atlantic