A short word
on drum tournaments and the corking craze:
there is a mortality rate associated with fishing for giant red drum, the more
you catch, the more you kill. People less
experienced at fishing for them and handling them will kill more fish. Encouraging people to catch as many as they can……especially
for a prize…….is encouraging people to kill as many big red drum as they
can. Fishing for these fish should not
be a competition. Just ask some of
those old timer surf fishermen standing
in the waves about the hopes of just getting that one bite and appreciate every
bite that you get, not just the next one.
the popping cork craze….... Over the past three mornings I have opened up what
I have been referring to as Pandora’s Box……and I’ve liked it a lot. I’ll have to get the key from Gary and have
a couple of drinks of Polish vodka before writing that post, if he doesn’t
write it himself. Although many locals
have occasionally caught a big drum on poppers and popping corks, no one has
pursued how effective it can be under the right conditions. I’ve got to give it to Gary, he started a
wave that is going to transform this fishery.
Myself and a
lot of other drum fishermen have been shaking our head about what was staring
us in the face and we are nursing our bruised egos from not having come up with
I have heard
criticism that some anglers are using tackle that is “too light”. Although I recommend using tackle heavy
enough to wear the fish down, at least in the 20# class, based on my
observations, it’s better for an angler
to take a little longer landing one fish than a boat load of people trying to
catch as many as they can on heavy tackle.
Even using tackle too heavy and clamping down on the drag can be more
harmful to a drum with a hook in his gut, ripping and tearing internal organs.