NJ Saltwater fish Identification
Congratulations to Dave Henn on a NEAR world record tog that tipped the scale at Harbor View to 23.3lbs on their certified scale. Dave is a well seasoned togger,has put a lot of time into searching for a fish of this size,and was rewarded handsomely today with the tog of a lifetime! This fish ties the record on the Bomb for largest tog as it was exactly the same size and length as one taken in January of '08 by Scott Cowan.
This was Dave's 2nd or 3rd fish of the day. I was standing right next to him when he set the hook on it,and he immediately yelled "HERE HE IS!!!" I knew that meant it was a real good one. He battled it for a few long minutes. I walked over to get the net and then I heard him yell "LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THIS F^#*##$ING TOG!" I was ran over with the net and saw the fish briefly before it gave a few giant tail beats and ripped off some LOCKED DOWN drag. Back to the boat,in the net,and over the rail it came and the hooting,hollering,and congratulating followed as we knew it was a big fish. It measured out at 33" and I had a feeling it was over 20 pounds,but I told Dave it was probably 19.5lbs! We finished out the day,boxing about 30 tog and had many beautiful quality 6 to 8 pounders which somehow seemed to be taken for granted after seeing such a giant fish early in the trip.
That fish is on his way to the taxidermy man and is going to look good in Dave's man cave.
What a fish Dave! You really deserve and did a hell of a job on the FISH OF A LIFETIME! Congratulations! He is going to look good on your wall. I should also mention that the fish was caught on a custom E-glass blank built by Dave's buddy Matt Moran! Sick rod and did a hell of a job on a bruiser tog!
Coastal Fishes of New Zealand: Identification, Biology, Behaviour
Book (Craig Potton Publishing)
Catching WHITES -22004-12-18 13:02:57 by WHites
Lake whitefish generally spawn in the late autumn just prior to freeze-up in shallow water (often less than 25 feet), usually over a hard or stony bottom, but sometimes over sand. Spawning can occur under the ice in some lakes, however. What does this tell you? Well, like most fish, spent adults are hungry following the spawning season. Often the best lake whitefish catches are shortly after they spawn in the month of December, just when the ice is safe to travel on. Use caution on ice and always test the conditions. Never walk on ice that is less than four inches thick and don't drive on ice that is less than 12 inches thick
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