We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tautog is a popular fish for recreational fishers - not really a sporty fish but a dining fish. It's no surprise that they are tasty because they live on molluscs and crustaceans. These guys (they are a Wrasse) live mainly from Cape Cod to Chesapeake Bay.
There's a limited keeping season for them: April, and then mid-Oct to mid November.
They are bottom-feeders, partial to rocky bottoms, underwater structure. Green crabs and clams are the best bait.
Tautog (Tautoga onitis), also known as blackfish, have a lifestyle that promotes a long life: they eat crabs and shellfish, sleep all winter, and in the summer they rest every night and have sex every day.
Not a bad life. In youth, I would catch a few off the wreck outside Wellfleet Harbor. The one in the photo is huge, probably should be tossed back to breed but you can tell from that gal's face that she wants to eat it.
I'm glad that this woman had a good time. And I used to go fishing in farm ponds, and the Ohio river. But things have changed. The oceans are in danger. We can't solve the problem simply by reducing pollution, or by limiting commercial fishing. The solution has to be all-encompassing; and it must include the entire world. That means no more fishing. No more cruise ships, no more commercial fishing boats, and no more fishing from the beach. Nothing. Nada. And those giant cargo ships will have to go, too. And then there are the Navy ships and submarines, that disturb all the whales and sea life with sonar. Saving the world's oceans is an absolute requirement; the price doesn't even matter. Everything is at stake. From now on: no fishing is permitted; and not one drop of pollution may flow into the rivers. Farms and sewage treatment plants will have to become completely self-sufficient; or they'll be shut down. But that's not a big problem, because in the future, American farms will only feed the American people; and they'll do that regionally. There will be no agricultural exports of any kind. No bags of rice to Africa; and no wheat to England.
As far as protecting the ocean is concerned, enforcing this new code will involve using a military strategy. Any fishing boat caught on the water will go straight down to Davey Jone's Locker; along with the crew. Don't ask for a lifeboat. This is how things must be done. So from now on, the Japanese will have to eat a lot of Tofu. It will take at least a hundred years for the oceans to recover.