When is the best time of the year to go fishing for black drum?

When is the best time of the year to go fishing for black drum?

I would need some key information to answer this question. In different parts of the country this species is available at different times of the year. Its patterns are affected by water temperature. The majority of saltwater fishing experience I have is in the state of Florida so I will use this as a basis for my answer. The Black Drum in Florida is a fish that loves backwater areas, canals, channels and along the surf. They are primarily found in somewhat shallow water when they are in their most prolific feeding phase. The best time of the year to fish for Black Drum is between November and February, when the water is at its coolest. You will from time to time catch one during the summer but this is a rare occurrence unless you are fishing deeper water than they normally inhabit. Black Drum are a fish that can grow quite large and offers a great deal of sporting value. They are generally caught on live bait. Pilchards, shrimp, blue crabs and a variety of cut bait all work well for this species. You will have a hard time catching one on a fast moving lure as Black Drum will not often chase a lure. A slow moving jig might work however. If you must fish for them in summer concentrate your efforts in deeper water than you normally would fish. If you stick to deep pockets of water you may be able to flush some summer Black Drum from their hiding spots.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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