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Tautoga onitis, is a fish of the wrasse family found in salt water from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. It lives along the bottom, in and amongst rocks, wrecks, mussel beds, bridge pilings or other bottom features.

Barlett (1848) wrote "[Tautaug] is an Indian word, and may be found in Roger Williams' Key to the Indian Language." The name is from the Narragansett language, originally tautauog (pl. of taut). It is also called a "black porgy" (cf. Japanese black porgy), "chub" (cf. the freshwater chub) , "oyster-fish" (in North Carolina)or "blackfish"(in New York/New Jersey).
 

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Tog is a short name for the Tautoga onitis, commonly known also as the Blackfish or Tautog. It is a crustacean eater found near and around rocks and rubble. Generally, the range of the tog is from the Northeast, as far north as Massachusetts to the mid-atlantic in VA or northern NC. You fish for them much like sheepshead with crabs or sand fleas on inshore and offshore wrecks.
 

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My friend! A tog is a blackfish-the real name is tautog-indian name,blackfish. They r all up and down the east coast.their favorite bait is fiddler crab.or clams.a size 4 virginia hook and a weight to the bottom and u r fine.the best time to catch the big ones r in dec.good luck.mark out
 

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tog will drive you nuts I don't even know why I do it Great eatin I guess
forty pound test for a five pound fish when they get over 8 lb they get to be tug boats they bring you into rocks and get stuck there you loose rig after
rig on head boats you start catchin and then half the boat is next to you
find a hole and its like 4 guys in a garbage can :beer: and I hope it aint windy Sat. FL20 don't go for tog drive you nuts:beer:
 

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This is a little Tog.
<a href="http://s435.photobucket.com/albums/qq76/drawinout/?action=view&current=Tog.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i435.photobucket.com/albums/qq76/drawinout/Tog.jpg" border="0" alt="Tog"></a>

Now I'm a little hungry. They're also known as Blackfish.
 

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Tog are one my favs. All ya really need is cane pole, line, bobber, hook, split shot, some sand fleas, and a rockpile and yer good to go.
Ya gotta get back up here brother. I can tell it's been a while since tog fished up this way. Sneaky little SOB'S they are. NWW along the s wall use bloods and FB Blood worm. I have made a special rig just for that area. Like I said, just ask Boss Dogg abot em. She lost 4 rigs in 20 mins Toggin. I had more fun watchin her than fishin.
 

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this is a tog, and yes you can catch them in Murrell's Inlet...
 

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Tog are one my favs. All ya really need is cane pole, line, bobber, hook, split shot, some sand fleas, and a rockpile and yer good to go.
Ok;

Sounds like the Fishing wall on the Cape Fear River south of Wilmington and East of Fort Fisher. Gonna post a question about that on the NC board.

BTW;

Thanks for all the info, for some reason I was thinking they were trash fish and now I know better.
 

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Ya gotta get back up here brother. I can tell it's been a while since tog fished up this way. Sneaky little SOB'S they are. NWW along the s wall use bloods and FB Blood worm. I have made a special rig just for that area. Like I said, just ask Boss Dogg abot em. She lost 4 rigs in 20 mins Toggin. I had more fun watchin her than fishin.
That I do, we miss the Cape. I'll give ya a call soon and we can hopefully plan somethin'.
 

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there is not allot of action with tautog down here and if yo udo find them they will be out at the end of the jetties at wrightsville beach or on wrecks further out. ( I have seen and shot them before diving)
 

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i've caught a few of them around here near bridges and docks while sheepshead fishing, but it's rare. like ryan, i've also shot and seen them while diving. shot a pretty darn big one about 10 miles offshore once, but he managed to shake his way off my paralyzer tip pole spear.
 
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