Thursday, June 03, 2010

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report 5-2010

Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island Fishing Report, May 2010

Black Drum Save the Day on Banana River

Capt Ron with black drum

The fishing was slow this week despite some great weather. Mike and Kim travelled from Houston to enjoy some inshore fishing and celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. Mike had warned before the trip began that Kim usually out fished him and he turned out to be right.

Kim was on her game, hooking about every thing that came her way. She started off with a nice rod-bending jack. During the day she added more jacks, a nice spotted sea trout and several mangrove snappers. She ended the day with a nice black drum.

We fished about six different spots during the half-day trip before finding a small school of black drum around some residential docks. Kim actually hooked several, but as they like to do, they were taking her around the dock pilings and breaking off. She stayed determined though and finally pulled the nice specimen pictured below into open water and then to the boat. The catch-photo release (CPR) method was used and the distinctively striped drum was set free to bite another day.

The weather was great, the company was better and all in all it was a fun day fishing on the Banana River. The great thing about black drum is that they are available though out Florida. The specimen pictured next was caught a few miles from Kim’s recent catch. This one ate a Rip Tide plastic crab rigged on a jig head.

That’s what it’s all about. Good fishin’.

Captain Ron Presley
presleyr@bellsouth.netThe Snook Foundation

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