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Redheaded fella got one last night at the home town pier.

There is a secret spot seldom visited because it is a trek that will produce but it gets really dicey with a big blow. Only the young would have been out there last night, but they surely would have got into them.

I checked the video feed today and it looks to have slowed down some from the crowd aspect. One thing that happens today that did not happen back in the day is instant communication, so folks that live on the OBX can in a moments notice jump right into a big bite. Back in the day, before Captain Kirk communicators we did not even tell the Pier house employees if there were a few Drum around, if you wanted to know, you had to come out and check under the bench to see if any Drum were stashed under there waiting be put into the walk-in freezer when we were done fishing for the night.

Just checked video feed again, looks like a bunch of Buzzards milling around with their paws tucked into white Grundens.
The Oregon Inlet fleet started the White Grundens Bibs fashionista craze back in the 1980's, then along came the short top Xtratuf easy on boots.

I have to admit that I had to get a pair of easy on Xtratufs because my older regular taller boots were not easy to get on with thick socks. Anyway a whole bunch of white bibs waiting on a clicker to go off at the moment.

When I fished commercial it was the dark green Grundens and a pair of white shrimping boots along with a fish-blood stained white t-shirt and cotton shorts as the standard uniform. I cannot remember what happened to my white boots, they vanished into the greyness of my memories.....I still wear dark green Grundens.....
 

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Florida Twin just decked one and missed another bite. It is not foggy today so I can make out a few fellas that I know.

Seen three come over the rail in last 10 minutes. Current moving real good. Fish are Chesapeake golden bronze colored.
 

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185 + or - DrumProRodbuilder won the MAN Joe Mullet Memorial Tournament 2018

Perhaps, there are multiple people who are already over 100, the ones who have even more are silent as they want the other people to rest and relax whilst they keep on it...............

It depends on the weather, if it stays nice and the fish do not get blown offshore into deep water when they move South of the point in Rodanthe in Mid November.

Funny thing about Drum Fishing, everyone who is a serious contender knows exactly how many they have caught in a given year.
 

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I wanted to point out some unwritten rules that I have always been careful of, to the point that I know what bad Karma is and where it comes from....

Don't step in the pier nets, nets are for Drum not for your tootsies... or your Xtratuf blue marlin camo or what ever you wear fishing....

Pier nets are not for Sharks, if you want to net your Shark and eat it...move to some other country....

People who get their glamour shot picture taken whilst standing in the pier net holding up fish are doomed.......

If you come across a hook buried in a Pier net rope or in a Pier Bucket rope, take the time to get the hook out....if you do not...you will find one in your hand sometime in the future......

I have never had my picture taken whilst holding my Rod....Crowd I run with did not carry their cameras with them on the beach, in the water...crowd I run with does not like to buy phones that have not gone through at least five years or more cycles...

I guess one day If I ever get another Drum on one of my SurfStiks I will have to request a photo of me...the Drum...the SurfStik. perhaps I may be so excited that I will be caught standing in the net......

Thank fully the wind died down, along with the Drumfest so I am able to spend more time making a living rather than watching the net coming over the rail via WebCam..
 

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Also If you take your pictures standing holding the Drum with one hand by the gill plate and you are pushing the Drum closer to the camera with your knee.............you are cheating......

If your Drum is so big you can hardly lift it with two hands...you are not cheating....but you are weak and should consider some type of weight training regimen....
 

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The following are examples of cheating during a Drum Glamour Shot and not cheating.

Not Cheating, that is me in the background in camo re-rigging a blown up reel.

Sky Fish Cloud Wood Outdoor bench



This is definitely cheating with knees fully extended.

Fisherman Outdoor recreation Fish Jigging Recreational fishing
 

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The Man 1973

Smile Fish Fisherman Fishing Recreational fishing



Elvin Hooper passed away November 4, 2021, on the Island of his Birth.

If you lived in the Tri-Villages you knew Elvin and I am at a loss as to an appropriate response.

Back in the day every November 7th if you were a Drum Fisherman, you spent as much of that day out at the end of Rodanthe Pier as the big Chesapeake fish were sure to be about.

The most ingrained thing I have in my memory about November 7th at the end of the T, was at High Tide exactly I think it was 2002, I do not remember the year as much as I remember the fish hit at exactly high tide, and my 8600 started off with a clatter. I set the hook into a heavy fish and struggled with the fish for perhaps 25 minutes and I could not get the fish off the bottom. I got impatient and decided it had to be a 3 or 4 hundred pound Garbo, so I broke it off before I got it to the surface.

It was perhaps the dumbest thing I have ever done Drum Fishing, who knows what a 100 pound Drum pulls like.....likely as slow and methodical as a big lazy Garbo.....

Stanley admonished me for breaking off the fish before I knew what is was....I told myself that it would not happen again on Rodanthe Pier anyway...I will break off a big Shark at the Point in a heartbeat........

I heard Stanley was in a bad way health wise down in Florida.

Seems like these days everything and everyone from my Youth are now gone or headed that way.....

RIP Elvin.
 

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I wanted to point out some unwritten rules that I have always been careful of, to the point that I know what bad Karma is and where it comes from....

Don't step in the pier nets, nets are for Drum not for your tootsies... or your Xtratuf blue marlin camo or what ever you wear fishing....

Pier nets are not for Sharks, if you want to net your Shark and eat it...move to some other country....

People who get their glamour shot picture taken whilst standing in the pier net holding up fish are doomed.......

If you come across a hook buried in a Pier net rope or in a Pier Bucket rope, take the time to get the hook out....if you do not...you will find one in your hand sometime in the future......

I have never had my picture taken whilst holding my Rod....Crowd I run with did not carry their cameras with them on the beach, in the water...crowd I run with does not like to buy phones that have not gone through at least five years or more cycles...

I guess one day If I ever get another Drum on one of my SurfStiks I will have to request a photo of me...the Drum...the SurfStik. perhaps I may be so excited that I will be caught standing in the net......

Thank fully the wind died down, along with the Drumfest so I am able to spend more time making a living rather than watching the net coming over the rail via WebCam..
Lord knows the number of drums my white pier net has brought up from the water since its birth in 2019. Sandbridge, Halfalon (Avalon), concrete jungle, Garys, the new and improved catwalk, Rodanthe, and even a Topsail pier. But I can just about count every time I’ve twitched when someone steps on it or leaves it laying in a pile covered in slime for Dave from Ohio to step on. Or even better…a employee of concrete pier run over it in the golf cart like a speed bump. But you’ll have that on those bigger jobs.

Currently sitting at 114 for the year. Picked one helluva year to start charter fishing. At least next season NC based DrumPro twin and I will be bait fishing together 🤣.
I’m giving it until Dec 12th unless otherwise noted. There’s another ginger youngin that hit 150 just before shipping off to Cape May to be a coastie. At least 8 head with over 100 this year.
 

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I don't mean to dis-respect anyone. Or insult the honor of any fellow fisherman.
BUT, I haven't read anything about the rule as to how is the number of drum someone catches is verified.
Cheating at Drum Fishin and cheating about your numbers is just like cheating at Golf. I you have to lie about your numbers just to be The Man is it really worth it?
 

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Joe Mullet Memorial MAN 2021 Tournament

Officials have been at work in the process interviewing past winners and current contenders. There are more DrumPros over 100 citation this year than has ever occurred so since the Tournament Started back in the 1970's.

An issue has come up this year as it has in the past, but it needs to be addressed Yearlings do not count for the MAN.

You can measure anyway you want for personal tallies, you can count Slot fish or over slot or under slot, but for the MAN only full size Drum count.

Drum must be 40 inches Fork Length to qualify either for a NC Citation or for the MAN.

Virginia Caught Drum have to be 40 inch Fork Length, Virginia puts up some big numbers every year, but NC measurement is the MAN standard.

In order to count a release, you have to either have him on the deck of a pier over the rail or in your hands on the the Drum in sand. If on the beach you get one on the sand and a wave comes along and the Drum gets back into the Drink before you touch him, that was nice and you had the fun, but do not try to count it. If the Drum flopped out of the net and you had your hand on the leader, good job, but it does not count, this is not the Big Rock, it is the MAN.

If you have your hands on him in a boat, that is great, but it is not eligible for MAN Tournament.

If you feel you are in the running and no one has spoken to you, then best speak up if you have big numbers.
 
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