Black Drum

Black Drum

Introduction to Black Drum

Black Drum, known for their distinctive drumming sound and impressive size, are a popular target in the waters of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Ponce Inlet. These bottom-dwelling fish are not only a challenge due to their strength but also a favorite among anglers for their mild-flavored meat.

When to Fish for Black Drum

The best time to target Black Drum is during the cooler months, from late fall to early spring. This is when they congregate in large schools and move into the inshore waters of Daytona Beach, the estuaries of New Smyrna Beach, and the channels of Ponce Inlet.

Where to Fish for Black Drum

In Daytona Beach, the Halifax River and areas near bridges and piers are known for Black Drum. New Smyrna Beach's backwater areas, particularly around the Indian River, are excellent for Black Drum fishing. Ponce Inlet's deeper channels and around the jetties are also productive spots.

How to Fish for Black Drum

Fishing with cut bait, such as crab or shrimp, on the bottom is a successful method. Black Drum are often found near structures, so fishing around bridge pilings, docks, and in deeper channels can be effective. Patience is key, as Black Drum can be cautious feeders.

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