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The drum tend to arrive just as the bass are exiting Great Bay--around late May. Your best shot at drum in the bay runs from late May to late June. Also, Black Drum and Stripers usually favor different forage areas in Great Bay....unlike in the Delaware Bay where it's possible to target and catch both species in the same spot.
 

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Just in from Jay Mann:

"L&H folks (Waretown) told me that the Route 9 Bridge has really picked up, especially the junior-sized black drum which are becoming far more common than the small bass. You heard right: black drum to 16 inches.
With a 14-inch minimum on the black drum, they are the better candidate for take-home material. And remember, smaller black drum are delicious, very tasty, with absolutely no parasite danger whatsoever."
 

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Thanks for the info guys. Have caught Black Drum ranging in sizes from 10 lbs. to 54lbs. with a double header of 18or19lb. identicle size fish in Great Bay in late June before. Was hoping to target these fish in late April along with Bass using clam on south side of bay in that famous channel that empties into inlet. Have caught both of these species in that location before but never really same time of year and have heard of Drum being caught in the bay late April to early May. Any things possible right.
 

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May is prime time for the big drum. 70+#'s is not uncommon. In waters of 4' in depth even!

Fishing for weakies you may find yourself tangling with a big drum. It's always best to fish with a little heavier tackle in the spring when fishing GB, You never know what your going to be fighting. Although there have been 70# BD landed on 12# test when fishing for weakies.

[ 03-23-2006, 10:40 AM: Message edited by: HookinUp ]
 

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It's good to see these Black Drum becoming a regular catch over the past 8 to 10 years I can remember when they weren't that common. Really makes fishing alot more interesting when you add some different species to the frey like Black Drum,Sheepshead,Jacks,Cobia,Spottedseatrout,Kingmakerel,inshore Dolphin,and yes I've even heard of some pompano being caught in Great Bay.Now all we need is some regular Redfish. These puppy drum that are being caught this time of year must be living at these power plants all year round and it would be a shame to have the plant shut down and kill these fish.Have heard of drum and spotted trout at power plants north and south of Great Bay.The climate is definitely changing towards the more temperate.Although you wouldn't think it from the weather we've been having lately.The future could be dim if we continue to allow global warming to melt the polar ice caps and all that fresh water changes the natural pattern of the gulf stream although we probably will not be around to see it,but thats no exuse to do something about it now.In the mean time we'll just have to catch all those exotic tropical species!

[ 03-23-2006, 11:07 AM: Message edited by: nacote man ]
 
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