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Old 06-09-2010, 03:29 AM   #1
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Does anyone know what the best way is to catch black drum. There are some huge ones around my dock.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:41 AM   #2
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What have you tried? Every time I catch them, I'm fishing for something else and usually using dead shrimp
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:51 AM   #3
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Frozen peeled shrimp tied to a popping cork hanging down 2 1/2 or you can fish the same bait on the bottom. To really get them excited chum to water lightly.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:23 AM   #4
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Take a crab and pull off his legs and pinchers . Throw him down and stomp him and put him on your hook. If there is a big one there he will find it. We use to catch them in the bay's and rivers like this in October. Caught several in the 30lb range. They also like whole pogies.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:51 AM   #5
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I was targetting 60-100 pounders in titusville. I used frozen blue crabs... Good size eatin' size crabs... I would take them frozen to the pier and would cut them in half 'tween the eyes... I would poke my hook holes with my knife so as not to dull the hook, thru the side of the crab at the widest spot when he was whole... I would drift with balloon, to nearly under the bridge. If no useable wind, I would put my reel (30 internationals) in free spool with clicker on to prevent bird nest, I would walk it to the foot of the pier, climb over, climb up the slope to the bridge, and down the bridge to even with my gear and drop it with no weight or balloon....
Walk back, take up the slack, leave it in free spool and clicker on and open a cold beer... and wait...

I tried whole live crabs and feel they don't always draw the fish... I tried live crab i chopped in half and found the insides were lost too soon... The frozen cut in half gave me the most scent for the longest time... I have fought and released 3 in one night (had limited luck in full light)

I used 80 pound mono leader (fluro was new tech and costly) and used the Mustads that had the flattened sides of the shank for strength... can't remember the ought size but the gap was over an inch and shank nearly 3 inch or so...

The very large units will have worms but I was releasing them after I decided these were not the greatest table fare....
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:57 AM   #6
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I had a 40+/- pounder pick up a Gulp shrimp in nuclear chicken just last night at the 3-mb. I was fishing for reds when he came swimming by, put the bait in front of him and the next thing I know I had a hard 40 minute fight on my hands. I got him to the top on his side about 4-5 times but just as soon as thought he had given up he headed straight down again. Finally he got my line around a piling and broke me off.
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