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Shady
12-12-2011, 07:11 PM
Day1
After leaving the Baltimore area at 4 am, I arrived at Kiptopeke State Park around 8 am only to find very windy conditions. From what I've heard, normally, Kipto is ok in the wind because you are able to hide behind the ships. On this day, that was not the case because the wind was blowing right down them.

The waves looked a little daunting so I took my time getting ready and finally hit the water at 8:30. I headed out toward the southern most ship and found the waves to be tolerable. From seeing others videos of Tog fishing at the ships, I remembered that it seemed like many were cathing them around the holes in the ships. So, I decided to drop my blue crab quarter next to one of the holes in the ship and almost immediately started getting bites. Well after missing the fish atleast 10 times and actually feeling the weght of the fish a couple of times, but losing it, the fishin decided to stop biting. I moved to another hole in the ship and immediately got a bite again, but this time I hooked up and managed to get the fish all the way to my yak. My first fish on the new yak and first ever Tog at 15"!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21018805/1210110917.jpg

I was ecstatic and being that it was only about 1/2 hour into my time on the water, I thought I had finally figured out hooking the Tog and would continue to get lots of bites. However, I went back to the same hole where I caught the Tog and could not buy another bite. A little while later, I was still trying at the same spot and CBkayak and Tufnik arrived and I told them I had one Tog and missed another.

Eventually I decided to venture to the other side of the ships. On the outside of the ships the waves were much larger, however they were smoother, so it didnt seem as bad. I tryed various spots along the outside of the southern ships and didnt get a nibble. The waves on the outside of the ships were approaching 10 feet, so I decided to head back to the other side of the ships. I selected another hole and decided to try fishing inside the hole by sticking my rod inside the ship. Almost immediately I started getting bites. I probably missed this fish 6-7 times because it was very difficult to set the hook, but eventually I finally got him to stick. I pulled im out the hole in the ship and took a deep breath as I layed him in the kayak. My second Tog of the day!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21018805/1210111233a.jpg

I fished the North ships a little while, but did not get any other bites and called it quits around 12. Here's a shot of some Pelicans sitting on the North set of ships.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21018805/1210111146.jpg

In the afternoon, Rick (Memorymaker) provided us with shrimp salad sandwiches for lunch and gave us a little tour of the area. There are definately some other fishy looking spots around.

Day 2
I was originally not planning to fish on this day, but with winds forecasted to be not as strong and after being stricken with Tog fever, I decided that I would have to give it a go for a little while. I arrived at Kipto around 7 am and was on the water at about 7:15. I decided to head directly for a couple of the holes in the south set of ships that I had not fished yesterday. I made a couple of drops on the outside of the ships with no luck and decided to fish the inside of the ships by sticking my rod inside the ship. Immediately I started getting bites. Finally, after about 7-8 misses I hooked up and pulled up a short 12" Tog. I let him go and circled back to see if he had any bigger friends in there. Right away I was getting bites again and finally was able to connect with a 15" Tog. So, again I went back wondering if there were anymore left and got bites right away and soon had another 15" Tog. After this Tog I continued getting bit, but could not manage to connect. I decided that I had to leave and made my way in with two keeper Togs for my short morning on the water. Sweet! I have more pictures, but my wife took them with her camera when I got home and I am currently in Chicago on business. Hopefully she will send me them soon, so I can share those too.

In summary, Tog fishing is freaking awesome and they are some hard fighters for sure. I can't wait for next year to fish for them more!

PS sorry for the long post....

PSS Thanks again to Memorymaker for the hospitality

Grilled
12-12-2011, 07:35 PM
nice report...togin is def addicting! much better fighters than stripers.

SaltyWon
12-12-2011, 07:38 PM
There is nothing like to have your new yak smell fishy...
Congrats!!!

mytmouse
12-12-2011, 07:42 PM
Great report Ryan! I don't thing I would have the gumption to fish inside the holes... LOL Man I had to retype that sentence like 3 times no matter how I put it it came out to putting my rod in a hole...LOL! Tog are fun to catch! Great report!

tufnik
12-12-2011, 08:01 PM
The bites seemed to turn off every time I got to a spot. Those waves were tough too. Wasn't my day, I got nada.

What a beautiful sight in your yak. Congrats again, Ryan. Looks like you'll have to leave Chicago before tasting the sweet fruit of your labor.

MTYM, looks like we got three yakers losing their togginity this past weekend.

Oh, another thing. Why do they start to loose their anus?

Shady
12-12-2011, 10:41 PM
Here's a few more pics:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21018805/IMG_0187.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21018805/IMG_0192.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21018805/IMG_0195.JPG

Shady
12-12-2011, 10:44 PM
LOL! I was thinking the same thing about sticking my rod in the hole, but couldnt really think of another way to describe it...

chex
12-12-2011, 11:04 PM
Sticking rods in holes and losing anuses... great report! :D

Those togs are really funny looking. Eaten them yet? How'd they taste?

Shady
12-12-2011, 11:13 PM
I plan to have one this saturday. They are supposed to be very good. I'll report back on the culinary experience.

ComeOnFish
12-13-2011, 06:56 AM
Ryan and MytMouse,

Ryan caught them/had bites during the high tide. And it seemed that MytMouse caught them during the low tide. I always thought the low tide is better. But I guess slack current is the key.

What is the distance between top of the sinker and the dropper loop knot? At Kipto I used 4-6" last two times.

What is the size of the dropper loop? I used 1-2"

I am just trying to complie the data.

Thanks,
Joe

Shield
12-13-2011, 08:24 AM
Very nice Ryan. Out on a new yak and two nice days of fishing. Sounds like all of you guys had a good time.

mytmouse
12-13-2011, 08:59 AM
Ryan and MytMouse,

Ryan caught them/had bites during the high tide. And it seemed that MytMouse caught them during the low tide. I always thought the low tide is better. But I guess slack current is the key.

What is the distance between top of the sinker and the dropper loop knot? At Kipto I used 4-6" last two times.

What is the size of the dropper loop? I used 1-2"

I am just trying to complie the data.

Thanks,
Joe

Joe,

My rig was just about the same as yours. I tried getting my dropper loop knot closer to the 8" Rob Choi outlined, but after I tied the sinker it was about 5".

Shady
12-13-2011, 01:23 PM
Ryan and MytMouse,

Ryan caught them/had bites during the high tide. And it seemed that MytMouse caught them during the low tide. I always thought the low tide is better. But I guess slack current is the key.

What is the distance between top of the sinker and the dropper loop knot? At Kipto I used 4-6" last two times.

What is the size of the dropper loop? I used 1-2"

I am just trying to complie the data.

Thanks,
Joe

My setup was pretty much the same as yours. I tied 8-10 rigs before coming but did not lose a single one.

I was using eagle claw 4/0 circle hooks. Im wondering if I would have had better luck hooking up with the Gamakatsu hooks.

mytmouse
12-13-2011, 03:01 PM
Yeah no loss of rigs for me either... I think your pretty much in the clear @ Kipto. But from what I hear 1st island and the CBBT is a different story. So @ least I am good with rigs for next trip. I used Owner 4/0 SSW needle point from Amazon. A pack 27 for $14.73 shipped! I think I would have caught a lot more if I rigged it the way I did later in the day... versus getting my bait stolen... :(

J.A. Veil
12-13-2011, 03:22 PM
Nice work Ryan. You broke in the new boat in fine style.

CB kayak 02
12-13-2011, 03:25 PM
I was using 6/0 Circles I only lost two rigs because I got broken off after hooking two fish, but that was with too light of line. I think I may try J-Hooks next time I think I might have a better hook up rate.

Grilled
12-13-2011, 03:42 PM
I was using 6/0 Circles I only lost two rigs because I got broken off after hooking two fish, but that was with too light of line. I think I may try J-Hooks next time I think I might have a better hook up rate.

were u togging with the 6/0 hooks or striper fishing?

CB kayak 02
12-13-2011, 03:54 PM
were u togging with the 6/0 hooks or striper fishing?

Togging, next time may use slightly smaller and J's.

I had 8/0 hooks for stripers, but ended up not striper fishing at all.

Grilled
12-13-2011, 04:53 PM
yeah 6/0 seems a bit to big for togs. i use 3/0 mustad j hooks. seem to work well for tog.

ComeOnFish
12-13-2011, 05:08 PM
My setup was pretty much the same as yours. I tied 8-10 rigs before coming but did not lose a single one.

I was using eagle claw 4/0 circle hooks. Im wondering if I would have had better luck hooking up with the Gamakatsu hooks.

Ryan,

At ships we don't loose rigs. At CBBT I lost 15 qverage, and the kayak damage is much greater than the ships.

I think 1 out of 7-8 tog pulls, not tap tap.

I think you could be limited out both days with 3/0 or 4/0 J hooks. After all, setting hook decisively is the funniest part of the togging to me.

Joe

tufnik
12-13-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm a bit surprised you guys used circle hooks because you usually don't jerk the rod on the tap tap. But it worked.

I use 3/0 J-hooks, but I think 4/0 should be just right.

Shady
12-18-2011, 08:37 AM
Here's what I made with one of my Togs:

Tog fish taco with cabbage, tomato, onion, chives, and my baja fish taco sauce.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21018805/1217111824.jpg

I cut the filets into strips and fried with tempura batter.

Yum!

OBX_RAT
12-18-2011, 01:17 PM
Looking mighty good there shady, I might make some rockfish tacos tonight