Easy Way To Rig LIVE SHRIMP For Monster Black Drum
Black drum don’t get the attention they deserve.
They can get huge, put up a mean fight, and are pretty common inshore.
So in this video, you’re going to learn how to catch them on live shrimp.
Yes, this is an “elephants eat peanuts” scenario as you’ll see some fun footage of a 30-pounder getting caught on a 3-inch shrimp.
But it works!
I’ve used these tips to catch dozens of huge black drum, and I’ll know they’ll work for you too.
Check it out below!
Rigging Live Shrimp For Black Drum [VIDEO]
- Rod: 7′ 6″ Century Weapon Jr. Medium Power Fast Action
- Reel: Shimano Stradic FL 3000
- Main line: 10 lb. Power Pro
- Leader: 20 lb. Ande mono
When rigging live shrimp for black drum (or any other species, for that matter) you want to keep it simple.
Many people go to the tackle store and get these expensive, complicated rigs with all sorts of wires, beads, and swivels.
That’s a big mistake that’s wasting your money and costing you fish.
All you need is:
I’ll use a 20 lb. leader if I’m fishing the open flats, and 30 or 40 lbs. if I’m fishing docks or bridges.
The weight of the split shot depends on the current and depth.
The reason I prefer a split shot over an egg sinker here is because it’s easier to change weights.
Sometimes the drum are holding at the bottom of the water column, other times they’re a little higher.
It’ll take some experimenting to find them, but it’s easy to experiment when you’re using split shots.
For the hook, I like to use a 2/0 circle hook (in particular, this 2/0 Owner Mutu Light circle hook).
Another mistake people make is using too big of a circle hook.
Your hook needs to match the size of the bait, not the size of the fish, and a 2/0 circle hook is plenty strong enough to handle big fish.
As far as rigging the shrimp goes, I like to pinch off the tail, put the hook through the hole where the tail was, then thread it out of the top of the shell.
This releases some extra scent in the water and black drum rely heavily on their sense of smell to find food.
Live shrimp is one of the best baits to catch black drum.
Just rig them on a simple split shot rig and drop them down around bridges, dock pilings, or flats where you see them tailing.
You can get the materials I use for rigging shrimp for black drum here:
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