Earlier this month, Jen Zuppe of West Haven, Connecticut, hooked into the fish of a lifetime whereas sinking white crab in 110 ft of water off the coast from Ocean Metropolis, Marland. Zuppe’s monster tautog, often known as a blackfish, weighed in at a formidable 23.4 kilos on licensed scales at close by Sundown Marina. If verified by the Worldwide Sport Fish Affiliation (IGFA), her catch will declare a brand new world document. 

Zuppe caught the large tautog whereas fishing with Captain Kane Bounds aboard his constitution boat, the Fish Certain IV. Bounds is an completed information in relation to placing shoppers on hard-fighting tautog. In early January 2015, he was prowling the identical waters when an angler aboard the Fish Certain IV landed one other large tog weighing 28 kilos, 13-ounces.

That fish was caught by Ken Westerfield and at the moment stands because the IGFA All Sort out World Report for tautog. Curiously sufficient, Westerfield was aboard the Fish Certain IV on the day that Zuppe landed her new pending document. Westerfield will maintain onto his all-tackle tautog title for now, however odds are good that Zuppe will quickly be a part of him within the IGFA document books, as her 23-plus-pounder ought to qualify as a line-class world document.

Zuppe caught her large tautog whereas fishing alongside present all-tackle world-record holder Ken Westerfield, pictured right here on the far left. Jennifer Zuppe

Along with all-tackle world information, the IGFA retains separate document classes for the kind of line used to land a fish. For tautog, the line-class classes stretch from 2-pound check all the best way as much as 50-pound check. Every line class can be damaged down right into a male and a feminine angler class.

The present ladies’s tautog information for the 30-pound line class is vacant. Zuppe’s tautog will more likely to fill that void—if her 30-pound braided line and chief take a look at after IGFA testing. “The very best factor about catching this fish was sharing the expertise with such wonderful individuals,” Zuppe instructed F&S. “We laughed a lot and had a lot enjoyable. It was particularly nice having my husband Al there, who needs to be one among proudest husbands on the earth.”

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Tautog go by varied names, together with black porgy, oysterfish, tog, and Molly George. They inhabit the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to South Carolina and might be present in biggest abundance between Cape Cod and Delaware Bay. A non-migrating, bottom-feeding species, they like shallow waters, from 10 to 150 ft deep, and rocky bottoms or shell beds, the place they have an inclination to feed on shellfish. 

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