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New Tautog 16lb. Line Class Record

Proactive IGFA Virginia, USA Representative Dr. Julie Ball took time on March 22, to wet a line off her hometown of Virginia Beach landing a tautog (Tautoga onitis). Dr. Ball, guided by Skip Feller, used a crab on 8 kg (16 lb) line to attract the fish that weighed in at 6.72 kg (14 lb 13 oz). She may replace the IGFA women’s line class record for the species which is currently 13 lb 11 oz (6.2 kg) caught off Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY, USA in 1993. IGFA maintains world records for both freshwater and saltwater game fishes in line class, tippet class and all-tackle categories. In order to qualify for a record, a catch must...
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Tautog Fish Species Information

Scientific Fish Name:
Other Fish Species Names: blackfish
Regions Fished: salt water from Nova Scotia to South Carolina
World Record:
Common Tackle: green crabs, fiddler crabs, clams, shrimp, mussels, sandworms and lobsters
Additional Information:

Popular among fishermen, tautog have a reputation for being a particularly tricky fish to catch. Part of this is because of their tendency to live among rocks and other structures that can cause a fisherman’s line to get snagged.


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