Capt. Charlie occasionally gets to catch a nice
one 37" black drum, (it when everyone else in the boat is tired of
fighting these big black drums).
Granddaughter Allycia Oliver holds up a nice drum
caught. Check out all the new Drum photos
Drum Page" Link
Chip Conrad with his
first BIG DRUM!!
The drum are pretty in
their own way, or maybe NOT.
These drum sure bend a pole over and give you a 15-45
minute fight, but the smiles on everyone's faces when it is netted is
worth all the complaining of hurting hands and arms.
When you catch one of
Big Oversized Black Drum
have fought so hard
from the deep water they inflate themselves, you must stick a sharp object
or knife blade into their abdomen to deflate them, this stick will seal up
quickly when releases. When you stick the knife into them you press down
beside the stick and you can hear the air come out, then when putting them
over into the water be sure to jig them up and down a few times while
holding them by their tail to help revive them., this helps them to
Beverly Newton didn't beat
Aerich's record with
this 37 1/4" black drum ,
but she had
fun fighting it anyway.
catches a nice "puppy drum" just right to eat.
the black drum start running you never
what size you will catch. Jacob Wafer caught
really nice "puppy drum" which
great meal on the table.
Oliver finally took time to go catch one of the BIG BLACK
DRUM. She'll be back again next year on the ANNUAL
DRUM RUN judging from this smile!
Nice drum waiting to be measured and released.
Note from the Captain
The boat is rigged with
both light and heavy tackle giving the fisher a choice in their degree of fight.
You can have a leisurely fight with the heavy tackle or you can opt for an arm
stretching, sweat popping wrestle on 12 lb. test line.
You really get a
As always, please remember to
practice fishing etiquette when you release these fish by relieving them of the
air pocket that forms when they come up from the deep water. Take your pictures
quickly then have an ice pick or small bladed knife handy to punch a hole just
below the lateral line to let the air out. Please see picture to the left for
example. While she is laying on the deck press down on the fish and you can hear
the air escape. Return the fish to the water and gently move it up and down
until it swims out of your hand. This process keeps them from floating away to
a certain death.