I've caught some nice pups (up to 28") every October while surf fishing on Hatteras Island (around Salvo-Avon), but haven't ever had the pleasure of reeling in a "bull" drum. I fish 24/7 while in paradise, but get serious around evening and into the night, using typical long surf rods, reels, and drum rigs with circle hooks. For bait: cut mullet, bunker, and whatever fresh bait I catch w/ my light rod. We've gotten pretty good at reading the beach and fishing around the holes, washouts, and deep sloughs too. So, my question to all you seasoned ol' salts out there... got any good tips on catching some of the big drummies!?