The Secret To Getting Picky Black Drum On The Flats To Eat
After a tip about where to find huge black drum on the flats, Insider member, Tony Prescott, and I finally stumbled upon a big school of them.
But there was just one problem…
They wouldn’t hit any of our lures!
We kept spooking them off, until we finally found the secret to getting them to strike.
See what that secret was in the video below!
Catching Black Drum On The Flats [VIDEO]
Here’s the gear I was using:
- Rod: Bull Bay Stealth Sniper 7’6″ MH
- Reel: Quantum Smoke 25
- Line: 10 lb. PowerPro
- Leader: 30 lb. Ande Mono
- Lure: Gulp Shrimp
- Glasses: Smith Optics Guide’s Choice
- Boat: Pathfinder 2400
The first part of this secret to getting black drum to strike is to use the right lure.
Black drum rely heavily on their sense of smell to find food, so we went with a Gulp shrimp to get them to eat.
Now here’s the big secret: we didn’t actually retrieve these lures — we tossed them in front of the school and just deadsticked them.
This school is heavily targeted here in Tampa Bay, so they’re extra spooky.
When we first came up on them, we were spooking them off by retrieving our lures in and around the school.
But when we saw where they were going, casted our lures out there ahead of them, and waited for them to find and eat them, that’s when we started catching them.
If something isn’t working, switch it up!
On this day, we found a school of spooky black drum, so we placed our lure ahead of where they were going and just let it sit there and let the Gulp scent do its job.
We caught a few of these bruisers using this strategy and had a blast!
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