Catching Blackfish (Tautog) | Fishing for TOGZILLA!

– What up, everybody? On today’s adventure we joined teams with Mel
True from Fishnet Charters in search of the ultimate pin fish. Oh yeah! (upbeat music) – Today, we’re gonna head
out after some blackfish also known as tautog
here up in New England. Tautog aren’t like striped
bass when they migrate up and down the coast, they migrate off-shore or inshore. So this is the best time to come when they’re getting bigger. They’re really aggressive right now. It should be a good day. (serene music) So today we’re gonna
shoot for the saltwater, Massachusetts Saltwater Derby. We need to fish, it’s 8.8 pounds. So our goal today is to catch
a bigger than 8.8 pounds so we can take the saltwater tournament. These fish get pushed out
of the all shallow water where they spend most of the summer. They’re moving out to
the 25 to 65 foot depth as the water gets colder then it’s moving out offshore. These fish are eating crabs, mussels. So they’re foraging off the bottom which it leads well into the jig that you
guys are gonna fish today. (serene music) Boys, what are we gonna do today? We’re gonna hunt giant tautog. Welcome to togzilla. And when you’re togzilla hunting the sidescan’s showing
me massive boulder field, right here is a massive boulder field. So we’re in about 35 feet of water here. Massive boulders. So right now I’m just moving around, checking out where I think
is gonna be a good spot. Keeping in consideration the
wind and the tide direction. Right now, it’s slack tide. We got a northeast wind. – [Tony] But we’re looking for rocks. – [Mel] Correct. – [Tony] And we use this technology. – We can actually drop a camera down there and see who’s living. – Get outta here. – This is the ugliest fish
you’re ever gonna see right here. The ugliest fish, look at that. – [John] Oh my god, it’s gruesome. – [Mel] He almost flossed today too. (Tony laughing) – [John] Almost. – [Mel] This one, this one. – [Tony] Oh yeah massive. (laughing)
(cheering) – [Tony] Peekaboo. (cheering) It’s cousin, Larry! (upbeat music) – So what we got here is a
wicked cooler, 220 liter. To keep our crabs on ice. There we go. So as they warm up they’ll stop moving. Here’s a secret. The red crabs catch more
fish than the green crabs. So right now we’re just
cutting off the legs, preparing the baits. The legs go over. – And you’re saving the body.
– I save the bodies. So when we’re hooking these crabs, we’re gonna be hooking
through the leg sockets. Let me show you how we do that. This is the jonny jig. This is the chiseled chin two 1/2 ounce. So unlike the three-way method, when these fish are biting on this jig, that’s how we’re sitting on the bottom. Okay? And you’re getting that bite, those fish are coming
right in at that hook. It’s very important how you hook this. So we got little leg sockets right here. You go in the leg socket. Lose the top shell, you
come out the leg socket. If you don’t come out of the leg socket, that bait is gonna fall off on there. Now this jig is not
good in deep deep water and it’s not good with
fast moving currents. So right now it’s slack tide, we’re about 45 feet of water. So that’s two 1/2 ounce,
gets down there really nice. You want that jig sitting on the bottom and you’re gonna be feeling
the ba-bump ba-bump ba-bump. ♫ Keep your eyes on my
ba-bump ba-bump bump And when you feel that bump you set the hook. (thrilling orchestral music) – [John] Nice tog bro, nice tog. – On the jonny jig. Live action. A little chiseled chin. Two 1/2 ounce. First drop of the morning. We used electronics. Found a location. Used a camera, dropped it down there. Let’s show you how, let’s go over how to do this again. – [Tony] Inner leg, outer leg. – [Mel] Inner leg, peel the shell off. Inner leg, outer leg. That’s it perfectly present the bait right there. – [Tony] Like this. – [Mel] Kinda, that bait will fall off. But you’ll get better as the day goes. – [Tony] Okay. – [Mel] Is that a bite you just had? – [Tony] No, not that one. Dude. – [Mel] You do that again,
you go on a time out. – [Tony] I don’t even
know how that happened. That’s a, that’s a big tog. – [Mel] You’re on a rock. Now right now, that fish got
you wrapped around a rock. – [Tony] Yeah. – [Mel] So you wanna
let the line go slack. Just break off. – [Tony] Yup. I’m sorry, dude. – I only have three, I only have three jonny jigs. So you took your own to a rock. So we got massive boulders down there. – [Tony] Yep. – Your jig fell in between the crevices, he ate it and then he
bolted around the rock and that’s why you felt the fish but it wouldn’t come up.
– Okay. – So what you do is you
let your line go lose. – [Tony] Yup. – They stop freakin’ out. Sometimes the line will come unwrapped. – [Tony] Ah, okay. That’s cool. – [Mel] So you’re on a
five minute time out. – [Tony] Alright. (upbeat music) What? Sea bass. This is so hot. I love sea bass. See what happens when I
peel the shell off the, and expose the good stuff? (upbeat music) – [Mel] Good job, John. Good job. We got doubles right here. – [John] Oh no! – [Mel] Get that net. – [John] Uh-oh. (cheering) Yes! There we go. Nice fish. Nice fish. Jonny jig. Nice. – [Mel] Yeah, swing ’em right there. Yeah! There you go, buddy! – [John] Wow wow wow! – [Mel] They’re getting bigger. They’re getting bigger. – Mel, how would you take this guy out? You put the thumb underneath? – So I use my left hand.
– Yeah. – [Mel] I come right
in under the gill here without actually going
into the gills itself. – [Tony] Yeah. – [Mel] And on the other side I stick my two fingers, my middle finger, my index
finger right underneath right here, this little socket. Then you got a handle, you don’t wanna be messing with
any of these spines up here. Nasty, nasty. – [Tony] Gotcha. – [Mel] ‘Cause if you drift that way it’s gonna take it. – [Tony] Oh boy. There we go. – [Mel] Go slow. Go slow. Nice. Sea bass. Can I keep this one? – [Mel] Nope. – [Tony] Ah man. I can thumb this guy, right? – [Mel] Yeah. Look at that. Can you get a picture of that for me? – [John] Yeah. Yup. – [Tony] Oh my, I love monster sea bass. Nice. – About 60 feet of water here, the tide’s moving pretty good. Drop a loop. Do a little loop for your sinker. You want this bait close
to the bottom with the tog. Sometimes you guys are on a double rig. I like one hook close to the bottom. – What is that, a two ounce weight? – This is a five. – [Tony] Five, gotcha. So the distance between the weight, vertically to the hook
is probably six inches? – [Mel] Yup, the closer
the better, in my opinion. Alright, we’re hunting giants now, boys. (upbeat electronic music) (upbeat drum music) (thrilling orchestral music) (cheering) Yes! – Yes! Look at the size of that thing! Wow! – [John] Oh my god, dude. Oh my god! Togzilla! – [Tony] Look at the teeth on that thing! – [John] Got away from the small fish. – [Tony] And you’re
not a little dude, man. That’s a big fish!
– No. That’s a big one. Dude. – We gotta go weigh this fish. (thrilling orchestral music) (phone ringing) – [John] Dude. – Oh! Look at that, dude.
– Nine pounds, huh! – 24, 24 1/2.
– Good. – Whatever this is.
– Yup. – [Mel] 16 1/2. – 16 1/2 okay. 16 1/2 and 24, right?
– Yup. – What’s the biggest it’s been so far? Do you know? – 8.8 pounds is the leader. So we went out today to do the show. And we’re like, we gotta get
something bigger than 8.8. – And you got nine!
– And we did it! – Alright!
– Thank you very much. – Congratulations! – Dude, nine pounds! Nailed it! Yup! – So what does that mean? – So as of right now, we are the leader for the men’s
division state tournament. – No way.
– Yup. – Crushed it, dude. Crushed it.
– Mission accomplished. – Drop the iPhone, walk away. – Hey, great job everybody today. Thank you very much for watching
the video today, everybody. Please like comment and subscribe. And as always, stay tuned ’cause you’ll never know
what we’re gonna get into. (upbeat music)

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