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  • Black Drum Fish

    2018, Black Puppy Drum Fishing

    Winter inshore fishing offers delicious table fare for black drum, a bottom feeder that eats shrimp, fiddler crabs, and other crustaceans. Capt. William Toney will teach you where to fish, how to target puppy drum, and how to locate deeper holes and channels. These tips are invaluable for winter days when exploring further out.

  • Black Drum Fish

    2018, Black Drum Fish - Sight Casting

    The upper Florida Keys offer excellent flats fishing opportunities, especially for black drum. Instructor Ruben Lee, a knowledgeable keyfisher, shares tips on sight casting to black drum in skinny waters. Black drum fishing on the flats requires spotting, determining feeding, and positioning your presentation. Learn tides, atmospheric conditions, and baits to have a fun-filled day of sight casting.

  • Florida inshore fishing is a year round adventure

    2023, Florida Sport Fishing: Your Ultimate Guide to Inshore Angling

    Florida's waters offer exceptional inshore fishing, from the Indian River Lagoon to the Florida Keys. This guide explores top destinations, fish species like redfish and snook, techniques like live bait and fly fishing, and tips to maximize your catches in the shallow saltwater environments.

  • diagram of a pinfish showing exagerated pins all over the fish

    2023, Pinfish - A Comprehensive Guide

    Pinfish are a popular and effective baitfish for catching gamefish like redfish, snook, and seatrout. Rig and present them naturally to match conditions and target species. Handle with care to keep them lively for the best action. Learn more with this comprehensive guide.

  • Puppy Drum - Inshore Eats

    2020, Puppy Drum - Inshore Eats

    Puppy drum are a popular winter species for table and junior anglers due to their delicious, easy-to-catch, and tasty meat. They are found in bays, lagoons, and river mouths along the Gulf of Mexico and east Atlantic coastline. As they mature, they move to deeper waters for spawning, but are often wormy and not suitable for consumption beyond the mid-20 inch range.

  • Winter Black Drum Fishing

    2019, Winter Black Drum Fishing - Capt William Toney

    Black drum, an inshore fish, is easier to catch during winter months in deep holes with hard shell bottoms. The legal minimum size is 14-24", These slot fish make for the best eats. Large schools of black drum can be seen west and north of St. Martins Keys.

  • Fishing for Black Puppy Drum

    2018, Fishing for Black Puppy Drum

    As winter's chill descends, the inshore waters beckon with the promise of a bountiful catch. The target? Not the usual suspects, but the often-overlooked black drum, specifically the smaller, delectable "puppy" drum. These little morsels, though not as grand in size, offer an excellent flavor and texture, making them a prized catch for those in the know. The black drum, a bottom feeder like its cousins the redfish and sea trout, has a penchant for shrimp, fiddler crabs, and smaller blue crabs. This diet is what gives the black drum its unique flavor, a taste that is often underappreciated due to the smaller fillet yield. However, those who have tasted the succulent meat of the puppy drum know that size isn't everything. When it comes to black drum fishing, the key is to know where and how to target them. The deeper holes and channels, especially those near the river's edge, are often teeming with these fish. The Homosassa River, with its spring-fed headwaters maintaining a constant 72 degrees, is a prime location. As the tides move, the warm water is pulled out of the river, creating warmer swirling water in these holes and channels, attracting quality bait and, in turn, the black drum.