Stud Tautog

Stud Tautog

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

It was a tad foggy and overcast today, but overall a nice day for January.  The temperatures climbed close to 50 in most spots today and the wind was light for the second day in a row.  During a “go fishing when you can” time of year we’ll take any good weather we can get and today was pretty nice.  The only species that is heavily targeted this time of year is the tautog, or blackfish, and anglers were out on the wrecks and reefs today trying to entice a bite.

Captain Monty Hawkins on the party boat Morning Star was out for the second day in a row and had some nice fishing.  Captain Monty reported that some clients had four fish limits of tog and the crew tagged and released nine fish, one of which was of legal length.  Dean Aldred of Long Island, NY would have taken the fish pool money today with his nice bull, but popcorn magician and local talent Adam Hall of Frankford, DE had one a touch longer to take the loot.

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Dae Kim, pictured below, caught this “crazy-lost scup.”


Captain Chris Mizurak and Captain Dean Lo of the party boat Angler had Captain Chris’s little boat out today and had good fishing as well.  They had a boat limit of 28 tautog by noon and the largest fish was just shy of seven pounds.

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I got an email submission through the website from Dave Vetter who caught the biggest tautog that I’ve seen so far this year.  Dave landed this stud 30″, 15.8 pound tog fishing out of Indian River today on his new rod that he just picked up over the weekend.  Not a bad way to break it in!


Dave’s initial email was how to get photos submitted to be considered for the Daily Angle so I’ll let you know here as well.  You can email a photo and report to anytime!

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