PORT ARTHUR — Drum like to peck at the line. Sometimes, they will just double the rod over and take off, but most of the time, they toy with it awhile. When you do set the hook, be ready for a battle.
The big drum does not fight like an oversized redfish. They swim slowly and use their weight to the advantage. Imagine a boulder with a trolling motor and you get a good idea of a drum fight.
All drums over 30 inches must be released and that is best anyway. The big ones are full of spaghetti worms that could turn anyone’s stomach and it is the big ones that do the breeding.
Anglers are allowed to keep one drum a day over 52 inches, a provision added to allow someone with a potential record-class fish to weigh in it. If you do happen to catch such a fish, it will be a monster.
The state record black drum weighed 81pounds and was caught by Wally Escobar way back in 1988.
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