The black drum bite continues to keep our customers’ rods bent this week. Most of these fish are striking live shrimp rigged on a ¼ ounce Saltwater Assassin chartreuse colored jig head. When the fish are not grouped into schools, we switch tactics. We often rig cut crab on a sliding sinker rig with a 5/0 to 6/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hook. Fish this type of bait around bridge pilings, rocky areas and docks for drum that are 30 plus pounds.
Over the past week we also found some large redfish in the 40 plus inch range were schooling in with the black drum so they have added some variety to the days catch. Topwater action for speckled trout has been hit or miss. It’s good when the winds blows from the east or south and not so good when they switch from the north. We have also been getting good numbers of tripletail in the near-coastal waters. See the report from Capt. Justin Ross for more details on these fish. To book a charter with us go to our website.