Fishing for Tautog
The tautog is a popular bottom feeding food fish, common along the New Jersey coast, and known usually as blackfish. It is fished for from the rocks and precipitous shores, and from boats anchored near reefs. Clams, crabs and worms are used for bait. The fish weighs two or three pounds in near-shore waters, though it sometimes weighs as much as ten, and as high as twenty when caught in the open ocean. The best fishing is in April and May. The best time is during flood tide. Medium salt-water tackle and stout hooks, about No. 3 Virginia pattern, should be used for open sea fishing, and the same hook but somewhat lighter tackle may be used along shore.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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