*State Record: 96 Lbs.
Sometimes confused with the Sheepshead, this close relative of the redfish can grow to weights of over 100lbs. While the average size is much smaller, even these “pups” can put up a great fight on light tackle. Feeds primarily on crustaceans so crab flies are a no brainer.
Tips on catching Black Drum
Best Tide: Slack high and slack low. 60-75 degree water temps.
Best Time: Fall & Winter
Best Fly Rod: 7wt.
Best Fly: Crab fly and dark short Clouser Minnow
Best Fly Line: Floating
Best Leader: Standard 8’-9′
Where: Flooded grass flats, oyster mounds at high tide
Method: Slow steady strip