FYI for our Virginia saltwater fishing brethren know that the red drum run at Sandbridge is just getting started now and the night surf fishing permit for Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the best 35 bucks that they’ll spend on drum fishing.
Story goes like this here: Last night (Oct. 8th, 2011) about 8PM at the first wood walkover of Back Bay NWR beach I caught and released this 47” red just after casting a small spot head past the bar. This bull smoked the drag out of the sand spike. I was bowed up in a hurry with this monster and she was headed for the horizon so I hit her with some more drag and finally got her turned. Then she took me about 100 more yards north before working her up onto the beach for the photo opt, tape, tag, and successful release. Big thanks to Andrew and Darrell in providing the drum assist (clearing the other lines, spot lighting the line, and landinging support) on this beauty.
Our non-profit thanks to the USFWS and the Back Bay NWR refuge staff especially Refuge Superintendent Walter Tegge and Biologist Chris Hernandez who are directly overseeing the Refuge’s night surf fishing program.
Another 2-3 weeks if they ever really show up??? Worst SB drum run so far especially at this point in the game (Oct. 11th and only 8 or 9 from the Sandbridge pier and 4 to 5 fish off the beach since Sept 17th. I was at it again tonight for a few hours near the S-turns = no drum luv Just glad I blind squirreled the one I did in case it turns out tio be a complete bust this year.
We are hoping that the water is still touch warm and there are plenty of bait (mullet/spot) and drum still in the lower Bay ready to run the beach, will see.
Nice one!! The last two weeks I fished the point. Was hopeing for a decent run and knew it wouldn't be crowded , but never happened. Few fish were caught. So many blues around, you couldn't keep your bait in the water long enough. It will be a mad house there now with the re-opening of the road . Congrats and thanks for the report.