Pending New Jersey Tautog Record


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Frank LaMorte with his 25.37-pound tautog.

Yesterday a pending state record tautog was brought to the dock in Cape May, New Jersey.   Frank LaMorte  was fishing with Capt. Tom Daffin of the Fishin’ Fever IV out of Cape May.  He caught the tautog in 130 feet of water with a white leg crab.  The fish measured in at 33 inches and weighed  25.37 pounds on the scales at Jim’s Bait and Tackle in Cap May.  The previous record in New Jersey was set in Ocean City at 25 pounds even  by Anthony Monica in 1998.  That fish was also the world record until Kenneth Westerfeld, from Queens New York was fishing out of  Ocean City MD last fall, and caught a  28.8-pound blackfish.  So it is safe to say that tautog are not just in, but there some big fish out there.  Who knows maybe we will see a Delaware State record this year and possibly another world record.  White leg crabs are not available in our area, but I believe a few charters and head boats do use them.

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