Black drum are hardly ever taken on artificial baits since most feeding is finished by feel and smell. Cut fish, squid and shrimp are used, with peeled shrimp tails (ideally ripe and smelly) the most popular. Since feeding is finished on the underside, the fundamental approach is easy – put a baited hook on the underside and wait for the drum to swallow it. Unlike noticed seatrout that spawns solely within the bays, and pink drum that spawns only in the Gulf, black drum will spawn in either bay or Gulf or in the connecting passes. Free spawning (random launch of eggs) happens largely in February, March, and April with some later spawning occurring in June and July.
They are then taken on bottom rigs along channel slopes, in the open bay and in the surf. Fishing reports from the radio or newspapers, native fish camps, bait stands and sort … Read More