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So you think that you’ve got what it takes to take top tog honors? Well here's where you can test your angling skills.
By Toby Lapinski
Tags: inshore
A big blackfish like this 9-pounder landed by Alan Sharaf on a recent trip aboard Little Sister Charters would sure to be in contention in most local tog tourneys this fall!

Whether you call them blackfish or tog, whitechinners or bulldogs, there is no denying that we are smack-dab in the middle of the fall frenzy of angling pressure and interest for our good friend, Tautoga onitis. And even more than targeting these inshore warriors, anglers like pitting their skills against their fellow fishermen for the crown of Top Togger in the area!

Well there is no shortage of local tournaments here in New England, so here is a little breakdown of the where and the when by our friends and advertisers. And if I happened to miss your tournament, email me at tlapinski@thefisherman.com and I’ll add you to the list.
Good luck!

April 15 – November 30: The Fisherman Magazine’s Dream Boat Challenge. This is the annual tournament of tournaments pitting the best fishermen in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states against each other in a multi-species, season-long angling competition. And of the nine eligible species, you know we wouldn’t leave good old Mr. Tog out of the running! Complete details can be found at the official Tournament Rules page.

October 8 – December 3: The Snug Harbor Marina White Chinner Challenge. The entry fee is $20 and a Calcutta will be awarded to angler catching largest tautog. There will be an awards ceremony at the Open House Party at Snug Harbor Marina on Saturday, December 3. The winner takes all if less than 20 anglers enter, top three fish paid out if 21 or more anglers enter. Visit the shop at 410 Gooseberry Road in Wakefield, RI, or call them at 401-783-7766 for more details.

October 10 – December 6: The Fishin’ Factory 3 Fall Blackfish Tournament. The entry fee is just $10 with the largest fish taking the entire pot. Fish may be weighed-in at either Fishin' Factory 3 at 238 East Main Street in Middletown, CT, or at Rivers End in Old Saybrook. Visit the shop or call them at 860-344-9139 for more details and to sign up.

October 10 – December 6: Annual Rivers End Tackle Blackfish Tournament. The entry fee is $15 per person and there are weekly big fish prizes of a $25 shop gift certificates with a final payout of the top three fish. Stop by River's End at 440 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, CT, or call them at 860-388-2283 for more details.

October 15 – 22: The 28th Annual Eddie Beauvais Blackfish Tournament. The entry fee is $35 per person ad the top payout is $500. Visit the Guilford VFW or Captain Morgan's at 21 Boston Post Road in Madison, CT to register by October 14. There will be a raffle and buffet at the Guilford VFW at 3 PM on October 22.

October 22 – 23: Black Hall Outfitter’s 3rd Annual Tog-Tober Tournament. The entry fee is $35 with both separate boat and kayak divisions (kayak anglers may also spear fish.) The top boat angler’s prize is a cash pot, winner takes all, and the kayak angler top prize is a brand new 2016 Old Town Predator 13 Fishing Kayak. Stop by Black Hall Outfitters at 132 Shore Road in Old Lyme, CT, or call the shop at 860-434-9680 for more details and to sign up.