Last Shot at Tog in South Jersey Until August
This second portion of the tog season, the full month of April, closes tomorrow, not to re-open until August 1 when the bag limit drops to one fish. You have two more days, counting today, to get in on the torrid bite and the four fish possession limit.
From boat, inlet or jetty rocks or pier, the tog are on a serious green crab crunch and are also putting the teeth to fresh clam.
Any piece of structure seems to be holding tog, and artificial reefs such as the Garden State North and South, Great Egg, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Townsends Inlet and Cape May are chock full o’ tog, with fish to 10-plus pounds, and some heftier, hitting the decks.
The jumbles and mounds of structure in close to bridge abutments are sure to be packed with tog, but extra caution is urged when fishing such areas.
No float? No worries, as the inlet rocks and jetties are providing solid cracks at fish, as are piers such as the Ocean City-Longport platform. Good numbers of tog are being nailed along the rocks at Barnegat Inlet and Townsends Inlet, with crunchers to six-pounds not uncommon. Neither are limits at the 15-inch minimum.
When it comes to the jetties, those in Atlantic City are proving a tog inferno.
“It’s the real deal, McNiel,” quipped Noel Feliciano at One Stop Bait & Tackle on Atlantic
Avenue, describing the scorching green crab crunch. It’s been a revolving door for two
weeks with customers wanting to weigh their tog plucked from any one of the city’s many jetties, and these past few days have been especially busy.