Large black drum are settled into their summertime locations. Aside from a tarpon, this is the best bet to catch something extremely large in Tampa Bay. The average size fish is around 50 pounds. Drum are a bridge species for the next five months. Work the pilings, keeping your lures right next to the structure. Use the rods you use on the flats. It is technique that gets a fish away from the bridge, not your equipment. The lures, pompano jigs with a flash teaser fly. The choices in jigs are the Silly Willy, Doc's Goofy or the Crazy Jig. Drum will eat various colors but I use a yellow jig with a pink teaser. The teaser has lateral scale flash built into it. The lure needs to be bumping the bottom. Slowly lift the lure up and down off the bottom. Setting the hook occurs when you lift your rod tip to jig the lure. Once hooked, back the fish away from the bridge. The use of a Fish Grip makes it easier to handle the fish for a photo. These fish have zero food value and are great fun for catch and release.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.