The Blackfish, or Tautog, is a fish of the wrasse family found in salt water from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. It lives along the bottom, in and amongst rocks, wrecks, mussel beds, bridge pilings or other bottom features.
Blackfish have a reputation for being a particularly tricky fish to catch. Part of this is because of their tendency to live among rocks and other structures that can cause a fisherman’s line to get snagged. The favorite baits for blackfish include: green crabs, fiddler crabs, clams, shrimp, mussels, sandworms and lobsters.
Come on our New Jersey Party Boat, the North Star, for a Half Day Fishing Trip or a Full Day Fishing Trip to catch Blackfish otherwise know as Tautog. Blackfish are an excellent tasting fish with pure white meat. You don't see Blackfish sold commercially too often. Join us on a Wreck Fishing Trip to catch Blackfish.
Scientific Terms and Additonal Information:
Genus a & Species:Tautoga Onitis
Description: Tautoga are usually a mottled brown to black shade on top with a white or gray chin and underbelly. They can grow up to 3 feet in length and 22 pounds, but are most commonly 2 to 4 pounds. They have thick rubbery lips and powerful jaws. The backs of their throats contain a set of teeth resembling molars. Together these are used to pick and crush prey such as mollusks and crustaceans. They prefer rocky areas and shipwrecks.