Catch Date: Not Specified
Story Date: 10/26/2015 22:44 PM
Location: Orient NY
I was fortunate enough to fish with Captain Thomas and his friends for another quota trip. This time the targeted fish was Black fish. Black fish has proven to be some of the most challenging fish to catch but not this time. Capt. Tom showed me the ropes, and we were able to get the job done.
Before I enjoyed a nice day of black fishing I just had to get my fix on hunting for bass. I decided to return to a spot I've been frequenting while I enjoyed my two weeks’ vacation. I wish I did as well as I have done for the past week but I just couldn't get it done on this night. What was listed has a West wind at 8 mph felt more like the same at 15mph. I've learned in that spot anything out of the West blowing more than 10mph is a waste of time to fish....skunked on the bass hunt. I left the lot at 6:45am to meet up with Captain Thomas and friends for some black fishing.
We left the doc out of Orient point close to 8am. Armed with a 5 gallon bucket full of green crabs and we were set for some shallow water, light tackle jigging. The jigs were made by Captain Tom’s friend the right way. Most "black fish jigs" are vertically set, with the eye on top, and the hook off to the side. The design of the jigs we used where flat, with the eye close to the tip yet on top, 1.5 oz, and the hook pointing up like a scorpion’s tail. I feel like that style is perfect for holding the bottom while the other style I feel like if the current hits it from the side it will get picked up off the bottom out of the strike zone. I put together an outfit I call light heavy (Shimano FXS-70MHB2 7'/Penn Pursuit II 5000, spooled with 50# super slick 8) That's perfect for pulling in slob Togs. I can now say I've caught all the fish I fish for with that rod (Stripers, blues, porgy, fluke, sea bass, and now togs) and I only paid $16 for the rod and $50 for the reel.
The first stop only yielded a few keepers and plenty shorts. Captain Tom was in the process of telling me how to catch a tog when he managed to catch a slob while talking me through the technique. That was a monster and a perfect demonstration of how it's done. His technique is to leave the line slacked, when you feel the fish nibbling watch the line and wait for the fish to swim off with the jig, and that’s when you set the hook. Sounds much easier said than done. It took me a while to actually hook one in that spot. The fish were a bit small so we went to location two.
We took a short 3.36 mile ride from the first spot to location two. In this spot the water was between 25 and 30 feet deep, and only 200 to 300 feet from shore. Shallow water for sure but the place was loaded with some true slob togs. I caught my first keeper black fish and countless others. One fish actually bent the hook on the jig. I wish I actually landed that fish but I'm a bass fishermen so I pumped the rod to get the fish in but that was the wrong thing to do for Black fish. Capt. Tom told me once I hook the fish hold the tip up to get it out of the rocks, once it's out hold the tip down and just reel it in. I caught three really big Black fish that were quota fish so I took a photo with one for my album. When the quota was met we got back to the docs by 3pm. We stopped at Briermere farms for some apple pies and the trip was done. I have to save up some cash to do a charter with a few of my friends to get in on this insane Tog bite...catch'em up!