Me and my brother Artie, and buddies Cal and Teddy went for some drummin this afternoon in Artie’s boat. First drum trip this year. We launched at Kiptopeke and rounded the corner and had a scare when the engine shut down. We pulled a 6’ length of rope off the prop. Ouch. We recovered and ran first to the 3rd and dropped livies over the spine and filled up on some good size rockfish and had 2 over 44”. Fish in the box. We headed over to the shoals after the wind started kickin up around over 20 mph. Wher’d that come from? Anywho, we were lookin for reds or blacks. Ted was visiting from New York and had never caught a drum so I wanted to put him on a big one. We changed course from buoy 13 and we scooted to the ocean side of the bridge at the north end and ended up next to several boats in calmer water, Ablemarles, Carolina Classics, the healthy grin, etc. The action was on! We got Ted a black. Actually we got Ted a few blacks. We ended up with 16 blacks between 40 to 55” on chowders and crabs. We also had 2 reds we got on crab. Who the heck brougt the camera? No one we forgot it, but Cal took some pics with his cell but they didn’t turn out very good. We kept the smallest black because Ted wanted to try it. Black drum is on the menu for dinner tomorrow.
That was a heck of a drum bite not just in numbers but sizes. Our smallest fish was 45 inches long. I got a call this morning from Wes Blow. It is still going on. He had caught 6 already this morning fishing solo.
I fry or blacken the filets....In the ole days we used to use the belly meat and backbones in stews and chowders....just like clam chowder but boil the left over meat thats on the bones from fileting drop it in the boiling water,soon as it whitens and drops off get meat out and put your veggies in and when their done throw the meat back in....and simmer.
make poker chips with the scales....good luck...!
Fried is great but Blackened is even better.....