As the fall chill sets in upon us, it brings with it the Tautog season for recreational anglers. Tautog get their common name “blackfish” from the dark markings on their sides and have distinctively arched heads and toothed mouths. They are predominately found in structural habitats, so whether you are fishing the rocky bottoms of the North Shore of Long Island or the wrecks and artificial reefs of the South Shore, you’re likely not far from finding fish. At night, blackfish find a hole or some other place to hide and enter a sleep-like state until morning.
Tautog season opens on October 5th and closes on December 14th. Fish must be 16 inches in total length to keep, and only 4 fish may be possessed by each angler.