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I had no charter today, so I called Columbo and we went looking for Red Drum. After yesterday, I had a good idea of where to look! Before we got to the Drum spot, we stopped and caught 20 Bluefish in the 2-3 pound class. It was "every cast" and that would be a re-occurring theme later in the day. Once we got in the Red Drum area, I think we found our first school and we had our first double hook-up by 8:30. AND we stayed hooked up, DOUBLE, until 3 pm. The only break we got was when we stumbled on a school of Black Drum. After we had released 50 Red Drum, we decided to go for 100. By this point we were actually catching Red Drum on bare jig-heads! By 2 pm we were at 100 releases and then we found a school of of bigger Red Drum from 30" and up. We stuck it out for another hour with the bigger fish and finished up with 110 releases and a pair of 25" Red Drum on ice. We got 4 Black Drum that weighed 7, 5, 4, and 3 pounds. Chris caught 2 Speckled Trout. I caught a Cownose Ray. Every once in a while a Bluefish would dart ahead of a Drum and get hooked up and we probably released 20 additional Bluefish throughout the day. I know better than anybody that this sounds too good to be true, but the Total catch for today was : 112 Red Drum, 40 Bluefish, 4 Black Drum, 2 Speckled Trout, and 1 Cownose Ray.

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