A day of Black Drum mayhem

By Steve Lucas

Earlier in the week I went over to the [Florida] West Coast to hunt for the Big Ugly – Black Drum. Cousin to the Red Drum.
All the Blacks this week were between 20 and 40 pounds. Here are some pictures from one day of fishing –
It was a gorgeous day and being able to stand and sight fish Black Drum was an absolute treat.
Armed with my new batch of T & A Jig Heads, I bagged three heavyweight monsters and my arms felt like rubber after the mayhem subsided.

Of course one of my fishing days would exhaust most ordinary folk but I still had enough energy to paddle behind an island, drop anchor, stick an enormous Tommy Bahama beach umbrella in the mud and stretch out for a cat nap in the W 500. When I awoke hot coffee and lunch in the shade seemed in order before the leisurely paddle back to the launch.
I hauled out onto the floating dock without getting my feet wet, washed off my gear and loaded up.

 

big-fat-black-drum-on-deck

 

hauling-a-black-drum-on-board

black drum below the surface

black drum dorsal fins showing...

big splash!

big black drum

black drum hauled out of the water

black drum hooked swimming near kayak

black drum mayhem

black drum mug shot

swirling black drum

the fight begins...

welcome on board

the island

big umbrella - big shade

kayak back on the dock

Read more about Steve’s fishing trips and rigging tips »

2 Comments

  1. fish kayak

    Thanks Steve,

    Outstanding fishing and outstanding photos!
    A truly inspiring piece! 😀

    The cat nap in the Wavewalk in the shade of that huge umbrella was a noteworthy innovation in the field of comfort 🙂

    Yoav

  2. RoxCT

    Now that’s some GREAT FISHING!!!!

    Outstanding, if I lived down there I’d never get off the water.

    Those Drums had to be such a Blast!!!!! 🙂
    They just keep on fighting and fighting…………………AWESOME!! 🙂

    Great video and pictures.

    Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
    Rox

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