- Dec 20, 2018
Well said Capt Mike!!That is one hell of a Tog and congratulations to the lucky angler. It is also the third 20#+ Blackfish I have seen written up this season with the other two coming from CT and RI respectively. On a sad note, I don't believe any one of those fish were returned alive. A real shame since we all know how slowly those fish grow. Plus, with the very high-resolution photos we can all take with our phones today it seems a couple of good shots should do the job when it comes to bragging rights. Heck any decent taxidermist can make a very nice commemorative mold of a trophy Tog like this with a few good pictures.
I realize that it is everyone's individual decision and right to keep any legal fish but I would encourage folks to do what they can to preserve this very important species. Tog are a very hearty fish and will usually survive even the most spirited battle as long as they are not brought up from some of the very deepest drops.
Kudos to all those anglers that do their part in returning these extraordinary fish.