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Captains Table – Challenging Tog Action

Logged 2 more Blackfish charters this week as the North Fork Tog season, at least for me, is drawing to a close.

Managed to get out this past Wednesday for Veteran’s Day with the Mitch party of 5 and despite some dire predictions for rain and strong winds we managed to dodge another bullet from the weatherman. Started on the CT reef that has been hot for me most of this season but after a fast 4# fish and another 16” keeper the bite quickly shifted to all shorts as the ebb tide increased. Another quick stop in the local shallows found us drop another keeper right at the boat, close to the same as the first fish of the day.
Then again we found a parade of shorts.

Based upon a good tip and some better than expected sea conditions we steamed over to Fishers I. First stop in the 40’ depths produced many shorts while the ebb was still strong but as the tide began to back off the keepers started coming. Put about 6 more in the box before it was time to check on the normally reliable deep drops. Out to the 75’ area and enjoyed a steady bite the last 2 hours of the trip reaching a boat limit to 5.5# with a couple of nice Sea Bass mixed in.

Yesterday’s strong NW wind meant only one reasonable location for the very private charter of just Steve and his wife Heidi. The bite on the CT reef was back to a nice mix of constant action and enough keepers to 5# to allow us to reach the boat limit in under 2 hours before the screaming new moon ebb tide blew us off the piece. We played a little C&R in some of the nearby shallow spots before calling it a day as the happy couple went home with tons of sweet Tog filets for several dinners to come.

Can’t believe it but we are only 2 weeks away from the end of my season. The only remaining dates for charter opportunities are the next 2 Sundays, 11/22,29. Don’t miss out on what I think most will agree has been an exceptional Tog season on the North Fork!

Capt. Mike

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Area: North Fork

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Challenging?
Haaa... those tog don't stand a chance again you Capt Mike!!!
Great job as always
That is one very happy looking couple
 
Yes, Mitch, I guess I got so spoiled on my recent trips with the limits coming so fast that I had to work a lot harder on Veteran's Day to get it done for the large group that day.

The couple on Saturday's trip did very well considering it was their first time ever Tog fishing. And,, as is so often the case in my observation, the ladies badly outfish the guys!! Heidi had the most keepers and largest fish of the day.

Honestly, this season has been one of the best I can recall in a while when it comes to the percentage of keepers vs. the often times steady stream of shorts.
 
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