Relentless winds have made us move farther inshore, and there is plenty of action there for the diehard angler!
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
Juvenile black drum are some of the most delicious fish we see. If you’ve ordered redfish in restaurants, chances are you’ve eaten black drum. They are not as “sexy” as their red drum cousins, but man, they taste fantastic.
We are seeing a few redfish on the bridges as well. Also, the big bull reds and Jack Crevalle have been caught along the beaches. You never know where they gonna pop up. Some days it’s over by Waveland, and other days it maybe Long Beach. We have had people calling and texting, keeping an eye out while driving along the beaches.
The big fun is the mammoth black drum mixed in with the puppy drum. Black drum can easily get over 50 POUNDS! These fish are in the Bay and Mississippi Sound right now. These are some of biggest fish we see all year. They are an unbelievable fight on light tackle. The larger ones are not as tasty as the smaller ones, so we recommend the ole photo-and-release.
Any structure with oysters or barnacles will likely hold drum. We usually fish on the bottom using 20-lb. braided line and 20-30-lb. leaders, using live or dead shrimp. You really have to lay into these fish to get them away from the structures. It’s a workout.
Being able to hide from the wind and rough seas while still catching good-eating fish and sea monsters: It’s a great way to spend the day, in the Bay!
As always, have fun and be safe.
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