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50.0 lb. Black Drum caught by Shamrock Inshore Charters fishing in Florida on 04/01/10

Posted by Shamrock Inshore Charters over 10 years ago

50.0 lb. Black Drum caught by Shamrock Inshore Charters fishing in Florida on 04/01/10
44.0" / 50.0 lb. Black Drum caught by Shamrock Inshore Charters fishing on Thursday April 01, 2010 at 16:57 13.15 km from Captiva in Lee County, Florida (FL), United States North America using a 4'' gulp shrimp a Roundhead by Berkley

St. Patty's Day on the Central West Coast of Florida usaully marks the arrival of the kingfish and his wee cousin Mr. Spanish Mackerel.

Unfortunately, due to this years record cold water temperatures, the mackerel bite is undoubtably running a week or two behind. The large pods of sardines, or "Kingfish Candy," as I call them have yet to make their way up the bay. However, when they do arrive, the "mack attack" will be on!

As for those of us who fish year round, a few week delay in the kingfish season only presents other angling opportunities. Here in Tampa Bay you can always find action on the end of your line if you know where to look.

Last Tuesday, Sean Rice and I put kingfish out of our heads and decided to target black drum. We welcomed Paul Brannigan and Dameon Kenney of County Down, Ireland on board the "Salty Shamrock." We then pointed the bow South West and didn't throttle down till we reached our fishing destination.

Once on the flats in 3-5ft of water, it was not hard to spot the main knot of drum. If the muddy water didn't give it away, the twenty other boats less then ten feet apart was a good indicator.

Our next move was to position the boat on the outside of the school. Once in position we proceeded to flip 4" gulf shrimp on a 3/8 jig head towards the main knot of drum. After losing three in a row Paul set the hook on a nice one and it was drum on!

Paul was now doing battle with a beast of a fish on ultra light tackle. His EUPRO trout rod took the shape of a horseshoe. The 15lb braidedline peeled off his 3000 series reel faster than Shergar busting out of the starting gate. Paul fought for control but he was clearly overpowered. It was looking as if he had too much fish for his light tackle to handle.

Everytime the irishman for Co. Down would gain a little line the big black drum from Tampa Bay would make another run. The drag on Paul's reel would then buzz like a weedeater stuck on wide open. His back and biceps were aching but his irish eyes and face never stopped smiling. Paul was having the time of his life!

The battle continued for some time before Paul was finally able to bring the beast boatside. Once we heaved the ol' boy over the gunnel, the back slapping and hand shaking began. Can you believe Paul had never been fishing before, and the 50lb beast he caught on light tackle was his very first fish ever? Good job Paul, but if you plan to upgrade next time your state side, let's make sure it's tarpon season!

So, get out there and Get-R-Done or give me a call and I'll show you how.
Till next time, have a safe and quality day on the water.

"Fishing like a pro with EUPRO!"

Capt Sean Hagen
www.fishingwithshamrock.com

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Ken Smith

Congrats!!!!

Posted by Ken Smith Expert Member over 10 years ago

Justin  Emerle

Very FIRST fish!?!?! I wish I had his luck.

Posted by Justin Emerle Expert Member over 10 years ago

Jessica & Angelo

very nice

Posted by Jessica & Angelo Elite Member over 10 years ago

Brandon Mabrey

beast fish

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 10 years ago

Shamrock Inshore Charters

Hey, Joe glad you enjoyed the report. Yeah,Paul had quite a battle on his hands using light tackle.Sure you would of done just as well.
Tampa Bay is just full of breeder drum right now.But the real fun begins when the poons hit the bay! Should have some more reports for yall soon. Havent been out in a couple days. My wife just gave birth to our son Seamus Finn Hagen on the first. He's a Keeper 8lbs. 15.1 oz. 21 in.should I post him as the catch of the day? Tight lines,Sean

Posted by Shamrock Inshore Charters over 10 years ago

Joe Pych

Great story and lots of good info on the seasons in Tampa! Must have been the "Luck of the Irish" to pull that beast in on light tackle. I am only 1/4 Irish (Shea) and I hope that is enough if I hook something like that!

Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member over 10 years ago

Shamrock Inshore Charters

Thanks for the feed back guys. looking forward to trying your recipe Matt,sounds awesome. The breeder size drum in Florida are usaully full of worms, so I always release them. But, the next puppy drum we catch will be going in the pot with a lil' cilantro,onions and maters!

Posted by Shamrock Inshore Charters over 10 years ago

Matt Westelman

I've caught a black drum before it was only half that size. Cut its belly open gut it, but leave the head and tail. Then stuff it with cilantro, onions and tomatoes. Wrap it in aluminum foil fire up the grill cook it (In the aluminum) The bones they come off all intact and no meat on them.

Posted by Matt Westelman over 10 years ago

Todd Harris

Great story man and great catch as well!

Posted by Todd Harris Elite Member over 10 years ago

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