Re: Carp-New Flat....New Deal

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Posted by MICHAEL ROSA on 2013-08-13 06:33:57 in reply to Re: Carp-New Flat....New Deal posted by Joe R. Ellis on 2013-08-12 22:46:44

Tautog are brown and dark olive, with white blotches, and have plump elongated bodies. They have an average weight of 1 to 3 lb (0.45 to 1.4 kg) and reach a maximum size of 3 ft (0.91 m), 25 pounds (11 kg).
From Wikipedia
Tautog have many adaptations to life in and around rocky areas. They have thick rubbery lips and powerful jaws. The backs of their throats contain a set of teeth resembling molars. Together these are used to pick and crush prey such as mollusks and crustaceans. Their skin also has a rubbery quality with a heavy slime covering, which helps to protect them when swimming among rocks.
When I was a kid growing up in NY Blackfish were a popular food fish. It was so revered as table fare I remember trading some of them I had speared for a big Filet Mignon at a campground I was staying at. My dad used to call it the poor man’s lobster as mentioned on Wiki. They are prevalent around jetty’s and pilings. I caught a bunch of them on flies in Maryland back in the 90’s so I know they will eat flies. Your clam fly seems like the ticket. If I were to fish them again I would use a slow to medium sinking head to get the fly down. I would also weight the fly.

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