Bruiser Blackfish of Long Island Sound

In 2017, the crew of New England Fishing TV sampled the fantastic blackfish (tautog) fishery in Long Island Sound.

Serving as guide was Captain Chris Landry, a blackfishing aficionado who also works at Atlantic Outboard in Westbrook, CT. We met Chris at the Westbrook Marine Center, whose capable staff launched our Pursuit C260 center console with the help of a forklift. A short run into the Sound put us over a top-secret wreck in 60 feet of water that Chris insisted held a pile of beefy blackfish.

He was right. Moments after setting up on the wreck and sending down 2 green crabs, we were hooked to a pair of keeper ‘tog. But that was only the beginning, as 10 minutes later, host Tom Richardson landed a brute estimated at 10 pounds—his personal best blackfish!

The action continued fast and furious for the better part of the tide, with Chris providing hours worth of valuable advice on how to locate and catch blackfish. Back at the dock, he also covered the right tackle to use and how to set up a clever wreck-anchor system. Lastly, Chris wrapped things up by putting on a clinic on how to fillet blackfish.

You can catch the action and learn more about targeting big fall ‘tog by watching the Long Island Blackfish episode.