Charter Fishing for Tautog in Rhode Island for an incredible saltwater
You will have an exciting time on the
charter boat Adventure fishing for Tautog
along the Narragansett shoreline.
The Tautog is a great
sport fish but frequently suffers the
indignity of misspelling as Tautag, Totaug,
Tataug, or even totog.
The name is a term used in New England,
originally coined by the Narragansett Indians. In the rest of the
US, they are known simply as Blackfish.
It is an ugly-looking, dark colored fish that
lives on rocky bottom and feeds on
green crabs, fiddler crabs, clams, mussels,
sandworms and lobsters.
Tautog are probably the best fighting bottom fish
in New England. They are very tough and
sneaky as well, making them a real challenge
to catch at times but very rewarding when
you bring a big one up to the boat.
are a bottom-dwelling fish and to catch them
it is necessary to anchor the boat over the
rocky bottom that tautog like.
We use braided line for tautog fishing, the
added sensitivity allows our clients to feel
them biting much better than monofilament
This increases the catch and lowers the
learning curve for the angler. We also
know all the Tautog fishing hot spots.
When a Tautog bites, it can be very
aggressive or extremely light. Some of
the largest fish will often have the
lightest bite, so sensitivity is extremely
important. When you lift the rod to
set the hook, be ready to put pressure on
the fish and start reeling quickly to get
him away from the rocks. Then the
battle is on as the fish exerts its utmost
to get back to its rocky lair.
We can fish for tautog May 1st - 31st,
then again starting in mid-October until the
end of November. Many excellent battles
occur during this time. For anyone who has
caught bass, you will find a 10lb tautog
will fight better than any 30lb bass.
Many of these fish are caught during the
season, it is not unusual to limit out on
many of our trips. 15 or 20 keepers is
a slow day.
The best bait for tautog is crabs.
When the season approaches we put out our
crab traps in anticipation. A typical
trip uses close to 5 gallons of crabs, so
it's important for us to catch a lot of
We offer half day and full day trips for
tautog, leaving from Jimís Dock in RI. Jim’s Dock is the closest
marina to the RI South shore, Narragansett shoreline, and Block
Regulations allow for 3 Tautog per person in
April, May, July, August, September and October up until around October
16th, then it changes to 6 fish
per person through December 15th. It
is closed all other months. We will fillet
and clean any fish before you leave the
dock. As always, Adventure encourages
clients to keep only the Tautog they want,
and release the rest.
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October 31, 2011: 9lb Tautog.
A trip which limited out.
A really big totaug.
A cool day, great tautog fishing
October 31 2011 Tautog Report:
Had 2 guys, caught 47 tautog with 15 keepers
in 2 hours of fishing, easily limiting