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Offline ComeOnFish

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The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« on: January 08, 2019, 10:00:23 PM »
The wind was good and the water temp at CBBT (Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel) was higher than usual by 3-4 F.
I expected at least one keeper tautog in 46-47 F water at CBBT.

I caught 10 tautog on shrimp.  The first one caught on the first bite was the keeper.
As usual, we had tautog for dinner next day.

Fishing Log:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9bsttxyTnM&list=UUKbBMnj51JtmNcSJBi2Sazg

Thanks
Joe
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Offline Mespana757

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Re: The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 08:59:49 AM »
I went out yesterday and it was a skunk. Water temp 47 i worked as many pilings all the way to first island and back using shrimp on the bottom with out a single nibble for about 6 hours. Fished the last 2 hours incoming 1 hour slack and the rest outgoing. Any ideas? Nice fish though congrats i haven't tasted a tautog since early last year
« Last Edit: January 09, 2019, 09:06:43 AM by Mespana757 »

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Re: The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 01:15:47 PM »
Way to go Joe.

Question:  when is peak Tog season?  I keep wanting to target them, just haven't got around to it. 

Offline ComeOnFish

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Re: The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2019, 09:34:57 PM »
I went out yesterday and it was a skunk. Water temp 47 i worked as many pilings all the way to first island and back using shrimp on the bottom with out a single nibble for about 6 hours. Fished the last 2 hours incoming 1 hour slack and the rest outgoing. Any ideas? Nice fish though congrats i haven't tasted a tautog since early last year

Once the water temp drops below 50F, 43F-49F.  I target specific pylons depending on the current.  You probably don't have the possible pylons as I have.  I look for the underwater structure during the summer, and I try the pylons near the structures in Fall/Winter.   I place the bait close to the crack where possible togs are.  So on my video, you will see I don't drop the bait in the middle of pylon (12 O'clock). I drop on the right or left whichever is close to the crack on the bottom.  That's why I use up to a 6 OZ sinker and a half shrimp to overcome the draft and to place the bait where I wanted.

An FF with down image scan helps.  But I have a simple FF with depth finder on my kayak.  I go around a piling (3-7 pylons) before I pick the pylon.  When I see the depth changes, (for example 40' to 35' )  I know there is a structure. I go around the piling a few more time to estimate the general location and the size of the structure.  Then I pick the pylon based on the current.  I want to place the bait between a pylon and the structure when I face against the current.  This way, the current will carry the scent of the bait to togs staying with the structure. 
The pylon and the structure may not work when the current changes

Joe
« Last Edit: January 10, 2019, 08:37:03 AM by ComeOnFish »
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Offline ComeOnFish

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Re: The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2019, 09:45:28 PM »
Way to go Joe.

Question:  when is peak Tog season?  I keep wanting to target them, just haven't got around to it.

I think it all depends on the water temp.   At CBBT, I caught togs in 43 F to 70 F water.   But the best water temp at CBBT is 48 F- 55 F.

In February, I am the only one catch/fish for tog.  I monitor the water temp.  Once the water temp reaches 44-45 F, and the 44-45 F is maintained for a week, I catch togs.
The reverse is true in January,  If the water temp drops below 44 F for 3 consecutive days, I don't fish for tog

I start fish for tog in the end of February.  I resume tog fishing from the last week of October depending on the  water temp.

Joe
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Offline ComeOnFish

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Re: The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 08:43:05 AM »
FYI,
Here is an example of my monitoring water temp in 2018:

Sorted by Date in descending order.

DE Bay (CHSP):
44F (03/29/18 09 PM)
40F (03/23/18 07 PM)
40F (03/23/18 06 AM)
40F (03/22/18 06 PM)
40F (03/20/18 07 PM)
41F (03/17/18 06 AM)
41F (03/16/18 07 AM)
41F (03/09/18 06 AM)
44F (02/22/18 09 PM)
43F (02/21/18 08 PM)
40F (02/20/18 09 AM)

Atlantic Ocean Between CHSP & OC:
43F (03/29/18 09 PM)
41F (03/23/18 07 PM)
40F (03/23/18 06 AM)
41F (03/22/18 06 PM)
41F (03/21/18 12 PM)
39F (03/21/18 12 PM)
41F (03/20/18 07 PM)
40F (03/17/18 06 AM)
40F (03/09/18 07 AM)
41F (03/09/18 06 AM)
43F (02/22/18 09 PM)
41F (02/21/18 08 PM)
42F (02/20/18 09 AM)

OC Inlet:
42F (03/29/18 09 PM)
42F (03/23/18 07 PM)
40F (03/23/18 06 AM)
41F (03/22/18 06 PM)
41F (03/21/18 12 PM)
41F (03/20/18 07 PM)
40F (03/17/18 06 AM)
41F (03/16/18 07 AM)
40F (03/09/18 06 AM)
46F (02/22/18 09 PM)
49F (02/21/18 08 PM)
41F (02/20/18 09 AM)

Kipto:
46F (03/29/18 09 PM)
42F (03/24/18 09 AM)
44F (03/23/18 07 PM)
43F (03/23/18 06 AM)   
43F (03/22/18 06 PM)
44F (03/21/18 12 PM) - *Tautog should be available
45F (03/20/18 08 PM)
44F (03/17/18 07 PM)
42F (03/17/18 06 AM)
42F (03/16/18 07 AM)
43F (03/09/18 06 AM)
46F (02/22/18 09 PM)
46F (02/21/18 08 PM)
43F (02/20/18 09 AM)
42F (02/18/18 07 PM)

CBBT:
46F (03/29/18 09 PM)
45F (03/28/18 09 AM)
43F (03/23/18 07 PM)
42F (03/23/18 06 AM)
43F (03/22/18 06 PM)
N/A (03/20/18 08 PM)
44F (03/17/18 07 PM)
43F (03/17/18 06 AM)
42F (03/16/18 07 AM)
43F (03/09/18 06 AM) - Caught 2 one at 17". First Toadfish
44F (02/24/18 11 AM) - Caught 7-9 tog 2 keepers at 19-20"
NA (02/22 at 09 PM) - * Tautog should be available
NA (02/21/18 08 PM)
42F (02/20/18 09 AM)
41F (02/18/18 07 PM)
37F (01/20/18 12 PM)   - Notes: skunked

Rudee (Buoy in Atlantic Ocean near Rudee):
48F (03/29/18 09 PM)
49-56F (03/24/18 04 PM) at Rudee
43F (03/23/18 07 PM)
42F (03/23/18 06 AM)
43F (03/22/18 06 PM)
43F (03/20/18 08 PM)
43F (03/18/18 07 PM) - 45F Rudee(03/18 at 12 PM) - Caught 15 puppies at 16" - 27" 9 were 18", 19", 19", 20", 20", 23", 25", 25.5", 27"
43F (03/17/18 06 AM)
-----------------------------35F at Rudee (03/14 at 07 AM)
42F (03/16/18 07 AM)
43F (03/09/18 06 AM) - 43F Rudee (03/09/18 06 AM) - Caught 10 at 16"-25" puppies
44F (03/04/18 12 PM) - 44F at Rudee (03/04 at 12 PM) - Caught 8 puppies at 15", 16", 17", 18", 19", and 3 at 25.9"
45F (02/22/18 09 PM) - *Puppy Drum should be available
48F (02/21/18 08 PM)
43F (02/20/18 09 AM)
42F (02/18/18 07 PM)
34F (01/20/18 07 AM) - Notes: at Rudee, 2 striper caught
« Last Edit: January 10, 2019, 08:45:37 AM by ComeOnFish »
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Offline ComeOnFish

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Re: The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 08:44:17 AM »
Another example of 2017:

Year 2017 Water temp (Oct-Dec) in ascending order

DE Bay (CHSP):   
62F (10/30 at 7PM)
59F (11/01 at 7AM)
62F (11/06 at 5AM)
62F (11/06 at 9PM)
61F (11/07 at 5AM)
55F (11/08 at 5AM)
55F (11/08 at 7PM)
54F (11/10 at 5PM)
46F (11/11 at 8AM)
49F (11/11 at 9PM)
50F (11/13 at 8AM)
49F (11/14 at 9AM)
49F (11/14 at 7PM)
53F (11/16 at 8PM)

Atlantic Ocean Between CHSP & OC:
64F (10/30 at 7PM)
64F (11/01 at 7AM)
66F (11/06 at 9PM)
64F (11/07 at 5AM)
63F (11/08 at 5AM)
63F (11/08 at 7PM)
62F (11/10 at 5PM)
61F (11/11 at 8AM)
60F (11/11 at 9PM)
60F (11/13 at 8AM
60F (11/14 at 9AM)
60F (11/14 at 7PM)
59F (11/16 at 8PM)

OC Inlet:
64F (10/30 at 7PM)
63F (11/01 at 7AM)
63F (11/06 at 5AM)
64F (11/06 at 9PM)
63F (11/07 at 5AM)
60F (11/08 at 5AM)
59F (11/08 at 7PM)
59F (11/10 at 5PM)
53F (11/11 at 8AM)
54F (11/11 at 9PM)
55F (11/13 at 8AM)
54F (11/14 at 9AM)
54F (11/14 at 7PM)
55F (11/16 at 8PM)

Kipto:   
60F (10/30 at 7PM)
62F (11/01 at 7AM)
65F (11/06 at 5AM
66F (11/06 at 9PM)
64F (11/07 at 5AM)
65F (11/08 at 5AM)
62F (11/08 at 7PM)
61F (11/08 at 1AM)
60F (11/10 at 5PM)
58F (11/11 at 8AM)
54F (11/11 at 9PM)
56F (11/13 at 8AM)
56F (11/14 at 9AM)
54F (11/14 at 7PM)
55F (11/16 at 8PM)

CBBT:   
67F (10/30 at 7PM)
65F (11/01 at 7AM)
65F (11/06 at 5AM)
66F (11/06 at 9PM)
66F (11/07 at 5AM)
63F (11/08 at 5AM)
62F (11/08 at 7PM)
64F (11/08 at 1AM)
62F (11/10 at 5PM)
61F (11/11 at 8AM)
60F (11/11 at 9PM)
58F (11/13 at 8AM)
56F (11/14 at 9AM)
57F (11/14 at 7PM)
57F (11/16 at 8PM)
December - Limited out on tog every week
44F (12/17 at 9AM) - 3 keeper tog
39F (12/29 at 12PM) - 3 keeper tog


Rudee (Buoy in Atlantic Ocean near Rudee):   
67F (10/30 at 7PM)
67F (11/01 at 7AM)
67F (11/06 at 5AM)
67F (11/06 at 9PM)
67F (11/07 at 5AM)
66F (11/08 at 5AM)
66F (11/08 at 7PM)
64F (11/10 at 5PM)
63F (11/11 at 8AM)
63F (11/11 at 9PM)
63F (11/13 at 8AM)
62F (11/14 at 9AM)
62F (11/14 at 7PM)
61F (11/16 at 8PM)
December - caught 3-8 specks every week
38F(12/29 at 5PM) Rudee - 1 speck
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Offline Mespana757

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Re: The First fish of 2019 was a keeper Tautog (Jan 6, 2019)
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 12:16:05 PM »
I went out yesterday and it was a skunk. Water temp 47 i worked as many pilings all the way to first island and back using shrimp on the bottom with out a single nibble for about 6 hours. Fished the last 2 hours incoming 1 hour slack and the rest outgoing. Any ideas? Nice fish though congrats i haven't tasted a tautog since early last year

Once the water temp drops below 50F, 43F-49F.  I target specific pylons depending on the current.  You probably don't have the possible pylons as I have.  I look for the underwater structure during the summer, and I try the pylons near the structures in Fall/Winter.   I place the bait close to the crack where possible togs are.  So on my video, you will see I don't drop the bait in the middle of pylon (12 O'clock). I drop on the right or left whichever is close to the crack on the bottom.  That's why I use up to a 6 OZ sinker and a half shrimp to overcome the draft and to place the bait where I wanted.

An FF with down image scan helps.  But I have a simple FF with depth finder on my kayak.  I go around a piling (3-7 pylons) before I pick the pylon.  When I see the depth changes, (for example 40' to 35' )  I know there is a structure. I go around the piling a few more time to estimate the general location and the size of the structure.  Then I pick the pylon based on the current.  I want to place the bait between a pylon and the structure when I face against the current.  This way, the current will carry the scent of the bait to togs staying with the structure. 
The pylon and the structure may not work when the current changes

Joe

Awesome thanks for the advice!

 


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