Tautog fishing has grown in popularity over the years. Fishing for “tog”, or blackfish, is fun and tautog makes an excellent table fare. Tautog fishing requires knowing where to find the fish, having the right bait, the right equipment, and the right technique.
Even with the right bait, equipment and technique, catching tautog requires a stellar presentation. Getting your bait in front of bottom-feeding tautog and presenting it in a natural way is key to enticing this fish to bite. Using a proven tautog rig will not only increase your catch rate, it with greatly increase you odds of landing that trophy fish and ensure you don’t get skunked.
There are several fishing rigs that are effective for targeting tuatog. Some anglers swear by the high low rig when it comes to tautog fishing. Others prefer the Belmar. The tautog rig you choose should be determined by your fishing technique and the conditions where you’ll be fishing.
The following are some of the most reliable and effective rigs for catching tautog. Review each one to determine the rig that is best for you.