Once the bait is in the zone, keep the line tight by moving the rod tip up and down as the boat rises and falls on the waves. In order to detect slight nibbles, lightly pinch the line coming off the reel.
At the first tap of a tog, lift the rod tip hard and start cranking. Don’t stop. Tog will take advantage of any slip-up.
When the fish takes control, let the drag do the work. Keep the rod tip high, and gently thumb the line to add a few more ounces of pressure.
If the tog takes refuge in a crag, give it some slack and wait. Many times, the fish will swim out of the snag and resume the fight.
Tog are sneaky bait thieves, but they fight like a bulldog. They might be ugly to look at, but they sure are pretty on the plate. Searching out trophy fish in deep water takes the sport to a whole new level. But you had better bring your A game to this fight because you can bet the tog will