Sorry guys but I have to put this post in here and hope that it is read by a large portion of barners. I did have the pleasure of having my boat dunked last Friday which put me in a really good mood. That mood was short lived as I was approached by several people who have been fishing for the last few weeks and have told me about the large numbers of Drum taken. I did chastise a few of them as most of the Drum taken have been in the 15-25 lb range. Keeping puppy Drum by fisherman who claim to have fishing knowledge to me is wrong. Drum do not spawn at that size and all these fisherman are doing is ruining a fishery that has really come back in the last 15 years. For those who do not know the real facts about Drum fish, and what you actually get in table fare, let me clue you in. In the year of 2000 I boated a 97 lb. Drum, which when cleaned actually yielded 16 lbs of edible fillet. A Drum is like a large Croaker in that it has an exceptionally high rib cage and head, so that the actual yield of edible fish is about 12-15% of the total weight. So if you fillet an 18 lb Drum you will yield about 2.3-2.7 lbs of flesh. To kill a fish for that is really criminal. So please have the fun of catching the puppy Drums and let them live to spawn for your children, grandchildren, and so on. We have to be conservationists to insure the future of the fishery.