Try These Black Drum Fishing Tips

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Black drum are perhaps the most underappreciated fish on the Texas Gulf Coast. They fight hard and taste good and during the winter drum fishing can be outstanding.

black drum at ate a sand flea

This chunky black drum tried to make a meal of the sand flea still on this hook.

Black drum are scavengers and readily take bait. Popular choices include blue crabs and shrimp. Use a bottom rig with a sliding sinker to present your bait near the ocean floor, where these fish tend to feed.

Timing is crucial when targeting black drum. They are more active during falling high tides, especially around sunrise and sunset. Consult tide charts to plan your trip accordingly. Don’t bother fishing on high tides.

Once you arrive at your chosen spot, set up your equipment and cast your line. Be patient and keep a close eye on your rod tip. Black drum are known for their subtle bites, often indicated by a gentle tap or a slight bend in the rod. When you sense a bite, wait for the fish to take the bait fully before setting the hook.

When you feel a solid tug, gently but firmly set the hook by raising the rod tip. Black drum can put up a strong fight, so keep your drag set appropriately and be prepared for a battle. Slowly and steadily, work the fish towards the surface while avoiding sudden movements that might cause it to break free.



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