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Old 06-03-2005, 12:14 AM
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This will make some of y'all laugh but I need pointers on catching Drum (red & black) in the lower Chesapeake bay. Bait , tackle, methods, etc. I know where they are but have never fished for them. Any help is appriciated.
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Old 06-03-2005, 01:11 AM
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if you know where they are then the rest is easy
find a spot with moving water
lay a piece of cut bait, preferably crab, on the bottom, carolina rigged
put the rod in the holder, crack open a beverage, put the clicker on and wait
when it starts to sing, let him eat for a few seconds, then put the hammer down

keep the little ones and let the big ones go
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Old 06-03-2005, 10:11 AM
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Got it. Sounds easy, I'll post any and all success. Thanks.
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ESVAAngler - 6/3/2005 12:14 AM

This will make some of y'all laugh but I need pointers on catching Drum (red & black) in the lower Chesapeake bay. Bait , tackle, methods, etc. I know where they are but have never fished for them. Any help is appriciated.
The red drum and black bite are still going but it has been very slow this year for the blacks.

Where to Fish: go out of Kiptopeake or Cape Charles and look for boats at bouy 16 or 13 anchored up in about 20 feet of water....... they are there for black drum

Or..... travel south under the high rise and around the tip of the shore to anchor up off of Smith Island just outside the breakers in about 6 to 10 feet of water.

Bait: peelers for red and chowder clams for black...... sea clams work also but the local word this year is chowders are better and the sharks don't hit chowders as often as sea clams.

Tackle: Size 7, 8 or 9 hooks will all work. Fishfinder rigs are not needed but frequently used.

Methods: my method.... when rod doubled over something is on so I reel it in. Others will anxiously hold rod and when they are convinced a drum is chewing and tasting the bait they do an overhead slam that would set the hook in a concrete block. Both methods work.

Make sure you know your red drum regs as you can no longer keep the big ones.......Black drum limit is one per person.

This is all you need to know to catch drum....... it's all I know and I can catch them!
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Old 06-03-2005, 11:11 AM
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Va. Red Drum Regulation

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, catch or possess any red drum less than 18 inches in length or greater than 26 inches in length.

C. Length is measured in a straight line from tip of nose to tip of tail.
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Old 06-03-2005, 11:57 AM
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this is a link to a rig that we use here in Pamlico sound for Drum. Here, it is mostly a release fishery but with slot limits we all need to be able to release a healthy fish. This rig looks too short to work but it works great and the hookup ratio is very good. Fish this rig with drag engaged and, like all circle hook rigs, do not set the hook.

http://www.ncwaterman.com/forum/foru...177&PN=1&TPN=1
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Old 06-05-2005, 01:55 AM
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[QUOTE]Whiteowl - 6/3/2005 11:57 AM this is a link to a rig that we use here in Pamlico sound for Drum. Here, it is mostly a release fishery but with slot limits we all need to be able to release a healthy fish. This rig looks too short to work but it works great and the hookup ratio is very good. Fish this rig with drag engaged and, like all circle hook rigs, do not set the hook. http://www.ncwaterman.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=177&PN=1&TPN=1[/QUOTE]

Great link. I will try this out over the weekend thanks
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Old 06-06-2005, 08:46 AM
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When using clams, I always brake a few an through out as chum. Then use rubber bands to help hold the clam on the hook.
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