The Beat of a Different Kind of Drum!

Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten a few chances to head out to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel for that ever elusive sheepshead. For whatever reason, I just can’t seem to land one of these fish. I can get a few bites, but pilings and bad hooksets seem to get the best of me.

I had gotten word from Rob Choi that a few sheeps were just caught at the first island. So I quickly made my way there. I ran into another kayaker who told me he just landed a 20 and 21″ sheepshead. So I was feeling very optimistic about my chances.
After an hour or so with nothing to show for it, I decided to put a little Hog Tonic from PowerTeam Lures on my mole crabs. I figured it couldn’t hurt and I finally got a solid sheepshead bite! Well, at least that’s what I thought…

I felt my line moving to my left and set the hook, HARD! I realized immediately that this was not a sheepshead, it was way to big with some unreal head shakes. It took me about 5-6 minutes to land this fish. Getting this fish into my lap on a Hobie Revolution was not an easy task. After a few tries I landed my first ever black drum that measured a whopping 43 inches!
Big thanks to Rob Choi for helping me out with this fish. He took the time to give me a hand in reviving “bid ugly” and helping me with some great photos!

For the record – I won’t leave home without my HOG TONIC!

Photo Credit – Rob Choi
Photo Credit – Rob Choi

If you ever get a chance to catch a Black Drum you will get SLIMED!

On my second trip out to the first island I was again hoping to land that elusive sheepshead. I was rewarded with my first ever Tog. This one measured at 15 inches. Plus, I got a chance to check off another species from my list.


And the sheepshead chase continues….

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2 thoughts on “The Beat of a Different Kind of Drum!

  • August 3, 2013 at 1:47 am

    that’s a nice drum! next time you’re after sheepies take a small shovel or grill scraper with you. scrape the barnacles off the pylons. it’s like chum for them. it’ll turn the bite on faster than anything else

  • August 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Awesome and congrats! Great lookin drum and sheep! I look foward to doing the same thing!

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