I am fully booked up the August/September giant red drum season; however, I can still get you out on the water and show you a quality experience. Here’s what I personally have available over the coming months if interested in a fall mixed bag trip (Oct. and Nov. are two of my favorite months of the year and the keeper striper season opens Oct. 1):
Oct. 11, 22, 26, 29-31 Nov. 1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 12-17, 19-21, 23-24, 26-30
Capt. Scott Wood has been working with me for 4 years now. He’s very experienced, very patient, and very helpful in any fishing situation. He has a natural knack for always producing, which is why you guys are hiring us. Here are Capt. Scott Wood’s open dates for the Aug/Sept giant red drum season:
Aug. 12, 18-26, Sept. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
All of the other guides who help me out do a great job. If none of Scott’s dates work, Kent or Joe can get you out and put you on some big ones. I wouldn’t have them take you out if I thought they weren’t capable of the same level of service that you would get on my boat. Our giant red drum season is here. There’s some fish here already and we’ll be going after them soon.
Our approach to the drum fishing is to catch them any way we can, given the conditions that day. We are not dead set on one method over the other, unless a client has a specific request, and we feel that we can put our best foot forward with the conditions we are faced. When it windy and rough, we tend to fish the traditional way with fresh cut bait. It works best when it’s windy and the wind is moving the water around, thus moving your scent through the water over a larger area attracting anything downwind. When it’s calm, we just about always are using artificials (topwater baits and popping cork rigs). The cut bait bite is usually tougher when it’s calm anyway because your scent doesn’t travel as far, although I have had some great days baitfishing in calm conditions when we’ve landed right on top of the motherload. The artificials don’t tend to work very well after a certain degree of windiness because I believe the fish simply can’t hear your baits.
Now we have alot of clients who have perhaps caught the giant red drum before and only want to catch them on artificials. If the conditions are calm, then we can usually do that. If they aren’t, even though we aren’t any better than the professional weathermen (who only get it right some of the time), we try to be as up front as possible about the conditions we are facing and the chance of success using artificials. Catching these fish on artificial baits is certainly fun and exciting; however, it has severe limitations when that big wide body of water we fish gets rough.
Let’s go get after some of these: