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Tautoga onitis

Common Names: blackfish, slippery, slippery bass
W. Atlantic Range: Nova Scotia to South Carolina
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The Tautog ranges in size from 1 lb. up to a record 25 lbs. They are dark olive to dark grey in color, and the females and young have a patchy coloration. Older males have a white chin resembling a "beard".

Tautog can be found around wrecks and structure to depths of about 100 feet. They stay inside of holes in their structure, using their powerful rear molars to crush the shells of mussels, clams and crabs. It is imperative to keep your line absolutely still to gain the interest of a Blackfish. Use softer baits such as clams in the spring, and green crabs and fiddler crabs in the fall.

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