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Date posted February 8, 2012 10:43 PM
Posted by togilator
Report location New York > Offshore > DOWN SOUTH TOGGING ON THE MORNING STAR.
Fishing method Boat
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Ive been making some tog trips down south on the Morning Star with Capiain Monty Hawkins since mid Januaruy.Most Know Montys having some year catching 3 fish over 20 lbs and the new Maryland state record.Overall fishing has been consitant,not huge numbers but plenty of fish to be had.The biigest fish Ive seen caught in 3 trips was a 15 lb male That was taken 2 weeks in a row on the star.Monty new the fish rite away as it came up and he saw his big yellow tag sticking out of it.Evey fish that goes back on the Morning star gets some sort of mark on it.The small fish he instucts everyone to put a 3rd fin rip in the top fin and he tags plenty of others in all size classes.I had a 12.5 female that day and easily lost the pool.Ive been fishing with Monty for several years now and it is a real pleasure to be on his boat.He is just a book of knowledge when it comes to tog,conservation and fisheries mis managemant,he really knows his stuff.He is also responsible for numerous artificial wreck sites along the Maryland coast.

As for our day yesterday I made the trip with my good buddy who is looking to get into the 20 lb tog club.He has nunerous teen size fish to his credit and lost the pool last season on a trip where he had a 18.64 lb pig.I am shooting for 16lbs plus on these trips to beet my personal best.I picked up a fresh bushel of white crabs in the bay as we new our whites we had hangin at the stars dock were getting a bit old.There was only 5 people today so Monty stayed inshore and made plenty of drops.The first two drops were on some very small wrecks that not many people know about.Myself and my buddy both quickly caught several fish in the 12 to 17 inch range which then quickly died.It was not what capt.Monty expected and he was severly dissapointed.He really thought we would slay them on those 2 pieces but the day was still young.

We made plenty of drops on the day to put a catch together,Capt.Monty spreads 2 anchors reasonably fast but he almost never misses.The bite was very scratch and the tog wouldnt commit.You really had to let them pick away at the crab before swinging.It was getting very fustrating but we kept picking away at perfect eating size 3 to 5 lbers.The tide was moving quite good due to the full moon which im sure had the bite a little off.Sometime late morning the fish completely stopped taking white crabs.That usually doesnt happen in febuary but simply switched to greens.It was getting near 3 whistles and we didnt have a fish over 5 lbs.Monty said we have time for one more drop and its a special wreck that he hasn't hit since early January.He quckly spread two and said go getem.I heard the comotion of fish being caught on the other side of the boat so Pat and I quickly relocated.It was about time the fish were chewing the way there suppose too.I snafued up a bright red green crab removed the main claws and lobbed it out about 20 feet or so and started walking he crab back to the boat.It wasnt a super sticky piece.I felt my sinker drop into someting and lower 5 feet.It took all of 10 seconds to get a tap,tap and then the monster crunch that moved the tip of my 1143 about 6 inches.I swung for the fences and cranked ass fast as I could and then 30 feet of line flew off my saltiga and stopped I Cranked like mad again and had the fish 1/2 way up and new I was out of danger.Took it nice an easy and then Rich slipped the net under a beautiful male whitechin.THAT WAS IT ON THIS DROP AND MONTY SAID LETS MAKE 1 MORE.My fish was weighed on the way to the next drop and it went 12.2 lbs.Not a huge tog but a very respectable fish and I was happy.

Next drop was filled with 3 to 6 lb fish and everyone either had a few more tog tagged or topped off there cooler for dinner.I know alot of you think Monty makes you release every fish but thats not the case.He wants you to have a good time and does encourage tagging,but he has no problem with you keeping your legal limit.If your looking for that TOG OF A LIFETIME the Morning star is the place to catch it.Ocean city a beautiful town with plenty of lodging and reasonable places to eat.Its a 570 mile round trip for me but someday I will hang that 20 lber.

Mike and Rich getting ready to drop 2 anchors.

My 12.2 lb whitechin.

comin back to dock.

The morning star

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 02/09/2012 07:37 AM  


Shades very nice togilator Shades,,,,, tog ahhhhhhhh,,,,, capt monty 3upupups up to you,,,,, all stay well,,,,,,, ><Wink))):> ~~~~ ><Wink)):>


This post edited by mojoe 08:21 AM 02/09/2012

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 02/09/2012 08:06 AM  

Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading about your area for tog fishing.

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Location: Bayside
 02/09/2012 08:09 AM  

Tog heaven

Outstanding report during this time of year when they are very thin and few. Especially appreciate the catch & release tags ethic of the captain. That is smart business as well. If not too much trouble, could you PM with info on boat location or website, when you get a chance?
Thanks,Congrats again on the report. CIAO, John.

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 02/09/2012 08:49 AM  


EnjoyedToungueToungue reading your report & seeing the photoup of your
12 Lberupup. Hopefully I'llShades see youSmile out there one day on the
Morning Star. GOD BLESS.....

We all have a Little Kid inside of us.  It's called FISHING.....

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 02/09/2012 08:58 AM  

nice fish!!

Rob Very nice report love reading ur stuff nice day out Timmy says hey It was great to hang with him weds on the MJ 12 seems to be ur number nice numberSmileSmileupup

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 02/09/2012 09:04 AM  

That'r is a real beauty! congrat's on a cool tripup

Prowling the shore line's!

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 02/09/2012 10:13 AM  

nice job..

I love how you say 12 lbs not like a big fish to me..great job and excellent report..that's why they call you togilator..



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 02/09/2012 11:22 AM  

Nice report Rob. Thanks for sharing.

Hey, it can't be Christmas everyday!!!!

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 02/09/2012 12:36 PM  

And thats why you are the true Togilator! Chasing after your beloved species whenever and wherever possible!

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 02/09/2012 01:16 PM  

I enjoyed reading your report very much.

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 02/09/2012 02:28 PM  

Nice fish!!!

'A la carte
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 02/09/2012 02:32 PM  

Nice one

Nice one Rob and well worth the trip.

If you do not measure your fish, the state will provide a man with a gun to do it for you.

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 02/09/2012 06:10 PM  

Nice Report!

Good for you Rob! Enjoyed the read and I have no doubt that you will get that 20 pounder! Regards, Mike

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 02/09/2012 06:35 PM  

toggin bet!!!!!!!!

nice!!!!!!!!!!!!! can yu pm me the phone number and location of the boat, marina and if there are any hotels yu would recomend...looks like a great trip....I love my cod...but toggin is my thang...thanks

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 02/09/2012 07:50 PM  

Nice report,....

I LOVE going down there myself BUT,'s NOT easy in this economy. A 570 mile round trip is about 2 full tanks of gas(approximately $150 in gas or more), plus a mess of toll money I don't even remember how much but the VZ is $13.00 alone, 8 hours or so of driving round trip all together.

You also mentioned buying a bag of whites even before leaving Sheepshead Bay,.. more $.

Plus the fare on the boat $100-$150.00, tip. Breakfast(s), Lunch(es),DINNER or X2 also,...and probably lodging too. I'm guessing a motel room goes from somewhere around $60 to &100 per night maybe depending upon where you stay??? I'd say it adds up to a $500-$600 black fish trip???

I'd say that is ONE PRICY black fish trip, with NO guarantee of catching the slob tog that you're after. YES you're chances are definitely allot better to bag your trophy tog fishing down there no question.

That's mainly a trip for guys who make a good living or single guys who don't worry about anything, and have NO family obligations.

Me being a blue collar guy, paying a mortgage, home owner's insurance, property taxes, monthly utilities and other expenses,..Raising a child,..Truck payments,..and I pay for a slip for my boat in a marina,..and the boat is endless expenses.

Insurance, fuel, 2 cycle, bottom paint, repairs, zincs, lower unit oil, fogger, toilet chemicals...

I'm thinking that I might retire to that area some day possibly. Then I can do ALL the trophy tog fishing I want to down there hopefully, IF gas isn't unobtainable by then.

Good luck in your trophy tog hunt. I hope you catch the one that you're after. For me, if I was to catch ONE beautiful White chin male 15 lbs or bigger, that sucker is going on my den wall. Even then it'll probably be a fiberglass mount, I think they look better than a natural skin mount if WELL DONE and they're easier to keep.

I lift fish up then put them down!!

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 02/09/2012 08:44 PM  

Awesome Report


Sounds like a great time, love to join you you on a trip like that someday soon. Congrats on that beauty.


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 02/09/2012 08:55 PM  

Great report Rob! Beautiful fish!

I was wondering does he have another boat called the Atlantic Star? Mike Junk from Peace Token invited me on a trip that was going out today for Grey TIle fish on the Atlantic star from Cape May. I wonder how they did?



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 02/09/2012 09:46 PM  

Nice job Rob! Thanks for the report.Beats breakin' your arse all summer!!


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 02/09/2012 11:15 PM  

Nice detailed report Rob.Persistance will get "the" fish!up

"Don't worry,everything will be fine,you'll see"

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 02/10/2012 10:03 AM  

Thanks fellas for all the kind words.Shades

BIGTUNABUNDA Your figires are a bit off especialy since there was 2 of us.we also get numerous trips from 1 bushel of white crabs.I also suggest you by a new vehicle if it cost you $150 for 570 miles.I use about 30 to 31 gallons in my Tacoma pick up truck which is around $110 to $115 at $3.70 a gallon.Besides we took my friends compact and burnt like 16 gallons and also did the trip in 1 day.Here are more accurate figures what the trip cost.

Boat fare = $100

Tip for mates = $25

16 gallons gas split by 2 = $30

Tolls split = $21

crabs split by 2 and getting 2 trips = $15

I dont count food and drink because I have to eat and drink everyday to surrvive.No one said you have to go to a resturant.

My trip cost = $191

Its your choice to own a boat,I don't want one and can afford to travel to where I want to fish.Sell your boat and then you can do more fishing and less paying and maintaining.Im also a blue coller working slob with a small business thats married.I save my money and spend it on what I want to.These trips are very affordable if planned properly.


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