35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019

Catching Blackfish (Tautog) | Fishing for TOGZILLA!

Catching Blackfish (Tautog) | Fishing for TOGZILLA!

– What up, everybody? On today’s adventure we joined teams with Mel
True from Fishnet Charters in search of the ultimate pin fish. Oh yeah! (upbeat music) – Today, we’re gonna head
out after some blackfish also known as tautog
here up in New England. Tautog aren’t like striped
bass when they migrate up and down the coast, they migrate off-shore or inshore. So this is the best time to come when they’re getting bigger. They’re really aggressive right now. It should be a good day. (serene music) So today we’re gonna
shoot for the saltwater, Massachusetts Saltwater Derby. We need to fish, it’s 8.8 pounds. So our goal today is to catch
a bigger than 8.8 pounds so we can take the saltwater tournament. These fish get pushed out
of the all shallow water where they spend most of the summer. They’re moving out to
the 25 to 65 foot depth as the water gets colder then it’s moving out offshore. These fish are eating crabs, mussels. So they’re foraging off the bottom which it leads well into the jig that you
guys are gonna fish today. (serene music) Boys, what are we gonna do today? We’re gonna hunt giant tautog. Welcome to togzilla. And when you’re togzilla hunting the sidescan’s showing
me massive boulder field, right here is a massive boulder field. So we’re in about 35 feet of water here. Massive boulders. So right now I’m just moving around, checking out where I think
is gonna be a good spot. Keeping in consideration the
wind and the tide direction. Right now, it’s slack tide. We got a northeast wind. – [Tony] But we’re looking for rocks. – [Mel] Correct. – [Tony] And we use this technology. – We can actually drop a camera down there and see who’s living. – Get outta here. – This is the ugliest fish
you’re ever gonna see right here. The ugliest fish, look at that. – [John] Oh my god, it’s gruesome. – [Mel] He almost flossed today too. (Tony laughing) – [John] Almost. – [Mel] This one, this one. – [Tony] Oh yeah massive. (laughing)
(cheering) – [Tony] Peekaboo. (cheering) It’s cousin, Larry! (upbeat music) – So what we got here is a
wicked cooler, 220 liter. To keep our crabs on ice. There we go. So as they warm up they’ll stop moving. Here’s a secret. The red crabs catch more
fish than the green crabs. So right now we’re just
cutting off the legs, preparing the baits. The legs go over. – And you’re saving the body.
– I save the bodies. So when we’re hooking these crabs, we’re gonna be hooking
through the leg sockets. Let me show you how we do that. This is the jonny jig. This is the chiseled chin two 1/2 ounce. So unlike the three-way method, when these fish are biting on this jig, that’s how we’re sitting on the bottom. Okay? And you’re getting that bite, those fish are coming
right in at that hook. It’s very important how you hook this. So we got little leg sockets right here. You go in the leg socket. Lose the top shell, you
come out the leg socket. If you don’t come out of the leg socket, that bait is gonna fall off on there. Now this jig is not
good in deep deep water and it’s not good with
fast moving currents. So right now it’s slack tide, we’re about 45 feet of water. So that’s two 1/2 ounce,
gets down there really nice. You want that jig sitting on the bottom and you’re gonna be feeling
the ba-bump ba-bump ba-bump. ♫ Keep your eyes on my
ba-bump ba-bump bump And when you feel that bump you set the hook. (thrilling orchestral music) – [John] Nice tog bro, nice tog. – On the jonny jig. Live action. A little chiseled chin. Two 1/2 ounce. First drop of the morning. We used electronics. Found a location. Used a camera, dropped it down there. Let’s show you how, let’s go over how to do this again. – [Tony] Inner leg, outer leg. – [Mel] Inner leg, peel the shell off. Inner leg, outer leg. That’s it perfectly present the bait right there. – [Tony] Like this. – [Mel] Kinda, that bait will fall off. But you’ll get better as the day goes. – [Tony] Okay. – [Mel] Is that a bite you just had? – [Tony] No, not that one. Dude. – [Mel] You do that again,
you go on a time out. – [Tony] I don’t even
know how that happened. That’s a, that’s a big tog. – [Mel] You’re on a rock. Now right now, that fish got
you wrapped around a rock. – [Tony] Yeah. – [Mel] So you wanna
let the line go slack. Just break off. – [Tony] Yup. I’m sorry, dude. – I only have three, I only have three jonny jigs. So you took your own to a rock. So we got massive boulders down there. – [Tony] Yep. – Your jig fell in between the crevices, he ate it and then he
bolted around the rock and that’s why you felt the fish but it wouldn’t come up.
– Okay. – So what you do is you
let your line go lose. – [Tony] Yup. – They stop freakin’ out. Sometimes the line will come unwrapped. – [Tony] Ah, okay. That’s cool. – [Mel] So you’re on a
five minute time out. – [Tony] Alright. (upbeat music) What? Sea bass. This is so hot. I love sea bass. See what happens when I
peel the shell off the, and expose the good stuff? (upbeat music) – [Mel] Good job, John. Good job. We got doubles right here. – [John] Oh no! – [Mel] Get that net. – [John] Uh-oh. (cheering) Yes! There we go. Nice fish. Nice fish. Jonny jig. Nice. – [Mel] Yeah, swing ’em right there. Yeah! There you go, buddy! – [John] Wow wow wow! – [Mel] They’re getting bigger. They’re getting bigger. – Mel, how would you take this guy out? You put the thumb underneath? – So I use my left hand.
– Yeah. – [Mel] I come right
in under the gill here without actually going
into the gills itself. – [Tony] Yeah. – [Mel] And on the other side I stick my two fingers, my middle finger, my index
finger right underneath right here, this little socket. Then you got a handle, you don’t wanna be messing with
any of these spines up here. Nasty, nasty. – [Tony] Gotcha. – [Mel] ‘Cause if you drift that way it’s gonna take it. – [Tony] Oh boy. There we go. – [Mel] Go slow. Go slow. Nice. Sea bass. Can I keep this one? – [Mel] Nope. – [Tony] Ah man. I can thumb this guy, right? – [Mel] Yeah. Look at that. Can you get a picture of that for me? – [John] Yeah. Yup. – [Tony] Oh my, I love monster sea bass. Nice. – About 60 feet of water here, the tide’s moving pretty good. Drop a loop. Do a little loop for your sinker. You want this bait close
to the bottom with the tog. Sometimes you guys are on a double rig. I like one hook close to the bottom. – What is that, a two ounce weight? – This is a five. – [Tony] Five, gotcha. So the distance between the weight, vertically to the hook
is probably six inches? – [Mel] Yup, the closer
the better, in my opinion. Alright, we’re hunting giants now, boys. (upbeat electronic music) (upbeat drum music) (thrilling orchestral music) (cheering) Yes! – Yes! Look at the size of that thing! Wow! – [John] Oh my god, dude. Oh my god! Togzilla! – [Tony] Look at the teeth on that thing! – [John] Got away from the small fish. – [Tony] And you’re
not a little dude, man. That’s a big fish!
– No. That’s a big one. Dude. – We gotta go weigh this fish. (thrilling orchestral music) (phone ringing) – [John] Dude. – Oh! Look at that, dude.
– Nine pounds, huh! – 24, 24 1/2.
– Good. – Whatever this is.
– Yup. – [Mel] 16 1/2. – 16 1/2 okay. 16 1/2 and 24, right?
– Yup. – What’s the biggest it’s been so far? Do you know? – 8.8 pounds is the leader. So we went out today to do the show. And we’re like, we gotta get
something bigger than 8.8. – And you got nine!
– And we did it! – Alright!
– Thank you very much. – Congratulations! – Dude, nine pounds! Nailed it! Yup! – So what does that mean? – So as of right now, we are the leader for the men’s
division state tournament. – No way.
– Yup. – Crushed it, dude. Crushed it.
– Mission accomplished. – Drop the iPhone, walk away. – Hey, great job everybody today. Thank you very much for watching
the video today, everybody. Please like comment and subscribe. And as always, stay tuned ’cause you’ll never know
what we’re gonna get into. (upbeat music)

45 thoughts on “Catching Blackfish (Tautog) | Fishing for TOGZILLA!

  1. looks like you need to be a dental technician to get the hook out of them critters… i am retired Navy and i live in Minnesota now… i miss the salt water, but we have Lake Superior.. kinda makes up for it.

  2. Fabulous job on the camerawork, editing, and content. Very entertaining and informative. Keep these videos coming, I need to subscribe.

  3. So what's the degrees that water temperature that the Blackfish don't like cold water hot water and that stripers also I fish out of New Haven lighthouse and I haven't catch a fish in about 2 weeks these are they all gone

  4. I wanna know where you're getting the money for the boat, underwater camera fish, and poles? I hope you released that big fish!

  5. Great video and editing but imo there’s to much music. I much rather hear the reel pull drag then music. 👍🏼

  6. ◄ Psalm 7 ►
    New International Version Par ▾
    Psalm 7 a

    A shiggaion b of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

    1Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
    save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
    2or they will tear me apart like a lion
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
    3Lord my God, if I have done this
    and there is guilt on my hands—
    4if I have repaid my ally with evil
    or without cause have robbed my foe—
    5then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
    let him trample my life to the ground
    and make me sleep in the dust. c
    6Arise, Lord, in your anger;
    rise up against the rage of my enemies.
    Awake, my God; decree justice.
    7Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
    while you sit enthroned over them on high.
    8Let the Lord judge the peoples.
    Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
    according to my integrity, O Most High.
    9Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
    and make the righteous secure—
    you, the righteous God
    who probes minds and hearts.
    10My shield d is God Most High,
    who saves the upright in heart.
    11God is a righteous judge,
    a God who displays his wrath every day.
    12If he does not relent,
    he e will sharpen his sword;
    he will bend and string his bow.
    13He has prepared his deadly weapons;
    he makes ready his flaming arrows.
    14Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
    15Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit they have made.
    16The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.
    17I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
    I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High

  7. ◄ Luke 23:33 ►
    Verse (Click for Chapter)
    New International Version
    When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left.

  8. When I was big into fishing like 300 day a year if you fished with a spinning rod you were a douch

  9. I live in the Northeast, fish these things all the time, fat boy thinks he knows everything! And is rough to a room! He don't know shit

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