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Re: Last but not least, I need an anchor
On LI, Tuatog are called "blackfish" but you'll find there are many different fish, living in similar rocky shores, all over the US. "Blackfish" is always the local term for whatever is tasty and lives in the rocks, but I'd never order it in a restaurant because there's no telling what you'd get. Aside from "some kind of tasty local fish".
Tautog, aka "Tautogis onitis" is a single species and that's just an honest way to put it on the menu.
They're damned hard to spearfish, because they seem to know exactly what your range is and they stay two inches beyond that. Then, if you can fire a speargun at them, the damned things BOUNCE OFF most of the time.