Yet another calm December day. Dropped blocks and two reef pyramids at Capt Bob Gowar’s Memorial Reef and pressed on.. Had pushed today’s start back; those 12 hour sea bass runs take their toll on this aging skipper.
So naturally the tog bite was early. When the current died just after noon – it was over.
Nicked a few pretty ones beforehand though. Mike Jones of Slatington PA even limited out. (Here with a double.)
Saw a couple serious thumpers that broke off. Those are the fish that get people addicted to this supremely frustrating fishery. A deeply bowed rod with a powerful fish is what we want. It’s why Bully Bob calls em ‘DelMarVa Grouper..’
Mike Ziegler (Zig!), an OC local, put the pool money in his pocket again with a 20.25 inch tautog. I expect Zig’s back to back wins will make it easier to get permission to go again..
Tagged 8 females and put a few males back too with a third fin rip. This simple tear in between the third and forth dorsal spines does not heal (nor harm the fish.) It’s a simple way to see a fish has been caught before.
Our tog pools go by length. If someone tags a huge female – length listed on the tag card counts the same as a tog that’s in the boat. It allows a client who respects the fishery to put a fish back that otherwise would have been taken to the weigh-in.
Craig Moore of Ringwood NJ had a 22.5 incher.. (white bibs)
Also pictured in the group snap are Bo Shultz of Middle River MD & Kelly Clark, an Ocean Pines local..