Tag Archives: Black Drum

Winter Field Campaign Update

The Winter Field Campaign with Captain Marty started with a sprint as Rod Mergardt, Lee Zipp and I landed 15 great fish with over 350 Lbs of combined weight.  The top 7 Redfish were 31, 31, 30, 28, 27, 26, and 24 pounds.   The black drum we landed ranged from 16 to 28 Lbs and Lee also landed two great Sheephead in the 5+ pound range.

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The weather cooperated far better than originally forecast with a thick blanket of cloud cover all day, temperatures in the 60’s and light winds.  Tomorrow’s weather forecast is for potential Thunderstorms in the AM but we will give it a go and see if we can get out in-between the storms.

A quick review of the pictures revealed a few great ones.  More to follow.

T.O.

Final Day Three in the Bayou

Final Day Three in the BayouThe final day of the 2015 Fall Field Campaign ended well with 6 impressive fish from the Bayou Marshes of LA.  We started out the day with 40 degree temps and 20 MPH winds which made the wind chill be in the high 20’s. We were each wearing 7 layers of clothing and we couldn’t help but notice that we were the only game fisherman in the entire Marsh.  Bunch of whimps! Continue reading »

Day Two In The Bayou

It was a fast and furious day in the Bayou with Captain Marty as we dodged multiple showers and thunderstorms.  All things considered, we had a great day before being driven off the water by lightning strikes just after noon.  We landed 7 fish between 10 and 30 Lbs. with the fish of the day being a monster Black Drum that actually chased down Billy’s Purple raider fly – TWICE before being hooked.

The Ambush Red

The Ambush Red

We caught multiple fish on every technique today (Fly, Jig, and Crab).  What we’ve been able to conclude thus far about the redfish in LA is that their behavior is radically different than those landed in Mosquito Lagoon.  The fish between 15 and 30 pounds here are as aggressive as Continue reading »

The Hunt for Redzilla in LA

The first day of the LA Fall Field Campaign was challenging but still rewarding for Captain Billy and I as we landed 7 very respectable fish with Captain Marty.

T.O. with 28 Lb Redfish

T.O. with 28 Lb Redfish

The weather was in the mid 60’s with Cobalt Blue Skies and light winds out of the Northeast.  The highlight of the day for me Continue reading »

Final Day Fishing in Louisiana

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20150327 - Final Day in LA (7)The sun came out brilliantly on our last day hunting Big Drum in the remote marshes of LA.  With the sun also came the opportunity to sight cast for the largest of the resident monsters.  Katie’s first big Black Drum on a fly was actually hooked in the early AM when we were socked in with thick cloud cover.  With the water being significantly off color, we were able to sight fish – not because we could see the fish cruising the bottom… we were able to spot them because the fishes upper back was actually out of the water!

Whereas big Redfish may run like a “Muscle car,” the Black are more like fighting a Tractor.  Katie’s fish was around 33 Lbs. and on an 8 Wt. rod, it provided an arm blaster workout.20150327 - Final Day in LA (3)

We also landed several big Reds in the 20 and 30+ Lb category as the day progressed on.  I must admit that the remote fly fishing for these magnificent fish (with no other fisherman within miles) is truly a special treat. Continue reading »

A Drum Fest

It was a Cajun day deep in the Louisiana Marsh with Captain Marty as we hunted monster Redfish and Black Drum.

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We finally figured out the pattern late in the afternoon and located several large fish in a deep channel off the point of a shallow Bar.

 

We were surprised to catch so many big Redfish at this time of year (all over 25 Lbs.).  Katie and I landed 6 excellent drum each with Katie’s largest three being 38, 37 and 31 pounds.20150323 - A Drum Fest (6) - Fly Fishing Portraits, LLC

 

We have one more day tomorrow to hunt for the elusive 50 pounder.

 

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More to follow.

 

T.O.

 

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A Few From Yesterday

It was a great 58th birthday today with Captain Billy and Ron Burnside. Ron and I each landed a 34 LB Redfish (Ron’s within the first 15 minutes of the day and mine on the last cast of the day). My fish was likely a migratory fish that has been out to the ocean and Ron’s a resident fish that has never left the lagoon. Interesting how the only difference between the two fish was a 1/4 inch in length.

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Also, we sight cast to feeding Black drum and some very cautious mid-sized Redfish throughout the day.

More to follow as the Spring Field Campaign moves to Puerto Rico for Tarpon.

T.O.

Update from Florida

Another great day fishing in FL with Captain Billy Rotne.

Redfish, Bluefish, Black fish, Catfish.

Tomorrow = Tarpon, Snook, Gar, Bowfin and Bass (sounds like a Law firm).

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More to follow.

T.O.

New York and Florida

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Tom’s whirlwind of a schedule over the past two weeks have created several opportunities for him to get out on the water for some excellent fishing.  Joining Ron Mergardt and Jay Peck, TO successfully hooked 10 and landed 7 on day-one of his four days in New York.  During the rest of his time in NY he finished with 40-fish hooked, 30-fish landFly Fishing Portraits, LLCed with fish of the trip being a beautiful 36-inch, 16-pound Steelhead.

From there, Tom travelled to Titusville, Florida where he and Continue reading »