Pretty good fishery for them here by boat around the CBBT and Middle Ground Light areas , some off the piers and even a few from the beach/surf, but nowhere as good as the Red spot-tails. Besides as far as table-fair any thing over 5-10lbs is a challenge to make edible, unless you're one of those eastern-shore or outer-banks locals with one of those "secret" recipes.Always fun to catch especially one that big.
Ditto on the Eastern Shore in the spring, mainly seaside for reds and the bayside for blacks, plus they know how to cook them there. I've had some good fish stew w/Drum from the Shore, but don't ask me how to cook it.Good luck!!
I heard off seagul pier can be good in spring. Im thinking of trying it this year to. Id guess just some shellfish around rocks would work. I do know though that first chance hooked into a school of them and got one in this summer on squid. Makes it appear that they will eat anytihng.
Slaughter Beach (DE) is the big black drum capitol of the East Coast. Many eighty pounders caught every Spring, with ninety and even hundred pound fish landed. Unfortunately, many of these fish end up in dumpsters after the pictures are taken back at the dock.
Supposedly the way to make big drum edible is to fillet/steak the meat and skin it as soon as possible after being caught. Ice the meat in a clean cooler. Its a lot of work, especially while you're fishing, but leaving the drum in a fish box all night ruins the flesh. But most captains frown on a lot of boat noise, especially when anchored in shallow water, so many of these fish go to waste.
Of course, you can always try CPR -- catch, photograph, and release!
There's a couple pictures in the display case at the CBBT of some MONSTER black drum caught off there. One was pushing 90 as I recall. Might have to make a trip up there in the spring to catch one of them.
That's on the "motorized" piers. You anchor up before sunset, chum with whole (crushed) surf clams, then set out the lines. One or two clam bellies on a 9/0 hook, set the clicker, and wait for that run....
About ten years ago I was fishing at Point Lookout off the causeway and using sand eel and caught a puppy(Black)drum around 20#,skined and fillet that bad boy out,put it on ice,got home and grilled it with a little salt&pepper and lemon sliced thinley.Yummy for my tummy.
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