Catching tautog from shore on Cape Cod during the spring is a blast! Plus it is super simple fishing. No expensive gear or boat required.
In this post I'll share with you a quick video overview of the concept, and also provide MFCC members with some locations I feel will produce tautog from shore this spring.
First, the video...
Click play below for a quick overview of what to expect.
I've had success with catching tautog from shore on the Cape during the month of May, although you may be able to find them earlier. I wonder how this super cold winter will affect the timing?
I suppose we will find out soon enough.
As mentioned in the above video, live green crabs are the go-to bait for tog. You can cut the crabs in half or use them whole.
A light tackle spinning setup which you might use to catch schoolie striped bass works great for this type of fishing. The most difficult part will be knowing when to set the hook.
Tautog tend to "chomp, chomp, chomp" at the green crab before swallowing. Resist the temptation to immediately set the hook, and instead wait a second or two until the fish has eaten the crab.
Where to fish
There's many fantastic places to find tautog on Cape Cod. They roam far and wide throughout the region and venture amazingly close to shore during the spring.
Below are 3 locations I feel will give you a good chance of finding tog during the month of May.
Click a button to view the location and an accompanying video.
These are certainly not the only places to find tautog.
If you spend some time on Google Earth, and explore a little bit early this spring, you will find dozens of similar shore spots throughout Buzzard's Bay, Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound which produce tog.
Anything else I can assist with? How's your winter going? Let me know by commenting below!
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!