Tons of Black Drum in the IRL

By |2019-01-16T22:51:56+00:001.14.2019|4 Comments

Reds up to 27 and black drum up to 36 inches are on the flats on the eastern shoreline Indian River Lagoon near North Merritt Island. I was using live and frozen shrimp. Target the reds around mid-day on flats near the mangroves. Look for tails in 2-3 ft of water after 4:30 PM until last light. Water cleared up nicely after the front with 3-5 ft of vertical visibility.

About the Author:

I'm Kurt Boyken from Merritt Island. I'm 18 and I've been fishing since 2010. I fish inshore near my home on the Indian River Lagoon. I catch black and red drum, trout, tarpon, and a few small snook. When weather permits, I will fish out of Port Canaveral for the many various species caught nearshore and offshore. My very favorite is big tarpon.

4 Comments

  1. Damon January 15, 2019 at 8:09 am

    You are killing it Kurt! It’s great to hear the water has cleared up a bit.

  2. csilverman January 17, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I am not familiar with the area and just started kayak fishing. Could you tell me the best place to launch a kayak around there?

    • 321BigFish January 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Pine Island has two kayak launches. One at the end of the road, and another on Rinker Canal. Take either one out to the open water. It’s pretty far to get there. Sometimes the fish are south from there, and sometimes they are north. If you don’t feel like kayaking so far, put in at Manatee Cove. Although the big black drum are at least 2 miles to the north, there are a lot of other fish under docks and along drop offs. Good luck.

  3. HooknCook January 17, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    You can pretty much launch from anywhere. If you can get to a spot, you’re pretty much allowed to launch … as long as its not someone’s property.

    Use google maps to find where you want to fish and you should have no problem finding somewhere to get in the water … especially with a kayak.

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