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Dlack Drum fishing in Cape May NJ.

We use a simple fish finder rig with a 6/0 8/0 hook baited with a hole fresh clam, I'll toss a couple of crushed clams over every once in a while to get some cent in the water.

They are bottom feeders, so I tell everyone try to keep it there, it can be tough when the current is running, we anchor up in about 15 to 25 ft of water.

It's a simple system.

16 in. min. size, we don't keep anything that small, they can run up to 100 lbs plus, but we avg. about 40 to 60 lbs.
this one is considered a puppy drum about 20 lbs.


Typical size.
 

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I love Cape May! We had fish to 80lbs last April, In 30 ft of water! SSHHHH dont tell anybody there are fish that big here-LOL

And the best part, cause I love light tackle is I bring a calstar 800L and an Accurate 197 and your good. The most important thing is having a smooth,strong drag! IMO
 

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paul you eat them? ive heard theyre really bad??
bret, i did eat one, just had to try it..its not to bad.
i would not fish for them to eat, but if we clean one i will take a piece.

but, down here they are very close in and its easy to catch alot of them..
nice not having to run offshore to catch 60-80# fish
 

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You would be better off eating a piece of marinated wood. They are pretty fun to catch and release though.. not much else to do around here in mar-apr during their "run." Its easy to catch 10-20 in a half day... btw they're more fun from plastic boats :)

 
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i never caught one. wouldnt mind getting a big one in the DE bay sometime when im home.

what is the best season for very large drum (up north not TX)?
 
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