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The New Jersey Tautog Fishing Playbook…

Tautog have become one of the most popular species in the Northeast. Although they have had a cult-like following for decades, their recent rise to fame can most likely be attributed to a couple of angling breakthroughs. Those include tog jigs, which allow anglers to better present crab baits while using lighter tackle and less hardware, and saltwater trolling motors that make anchoring over a structure as easy as pushing a button.

These, along with braided line and lighter, more sensitive rods, have made hooking and landing a tautog much more accessible and fun than it was even a decade ago. And, did I mention that they taste delicious?

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The hookset is the most addicting aspect of tautog fishing because you will miss many more than you hook. But when setting the hook on a big one, you’ll know right away as the fish digs for the security of structure, testing your drag and your knots.