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Red Drum in NJ?

post #1 of 35
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Has anyone seen or heard of red drum being taken from the surf in NJ? I saw some old pics (I mean OLD) taken in Strathmere of guys with stringers of large reds from the surf. I'm guessing Cape May area would be a best bet, but I've never seen it discussed on the NJ boards, just wonderin, thanks.
post #2 of 35
Just saw a report of one caught in R.I.
post #3 of 35
They are caught from time to time. Every couple of years it seems there will be quite a few caught but to actually target them successfully, I think that's a long shot.
post #4 of 35
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Originally Posted by Drew C. View Post

They are caught from time to time. Every couple of years it seems there will be quite a few caught but to actually target them successfully, I think that's a long shot.

like Drew said- every now and then, but they come in spurts.
post #5 of 35

so no one goes out with the mindset to fish for them?? So ppl in  njjust get lucky when they do catch one??

 

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so no one goes out with the mindset to fish for them?? So ppl in  njjust get lucky when they do catch one??

 


That is correct- every drum I've seen caught was caught by a surf fisherman fishing for stripers with clam.
Total number over the years- about 15.
post #7 of 35
They used to be commonplace many years ago I heard.
Pressure on red drum wiped them out. Now that they are recovering in the SE maybe we will see more here.

I came across a huge school of black drum the other day about 2 miles out. Unfortunately they were all dead, floating on the surface. I guess a netter caught them and dumped them all. There was one every 30 yards or so, floating belly up. Big ones too, like 40-60 pounders.
post #8 of 35

Back in the 90's I remember them being fairly common underneath schools of bluefish in September/October/November in Ocean County.  I have not heard of any being caught in recent years though.

post #9 of 35
I remember reading a report of a fisherman who caught a red drum on clam while bass fishing 2-3 yrs ago. I forgot where exactly he caught it, but I think it was down south in NJ.
post #10 of 35

They will be back, hopefully soon!biggrin.gif

post #11 of 35
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post #12 of 35
Back before WWII Strathmere was well known for red drum. As stated above once in awhile they show up. 5 years ago I was fishing the Corsens area and was having a horrible day. No one else around. After about four hours this elderly guy shows up, real nice guy, sets up about 50-75 ft. away from me throwing a 3" bass asassin. On his third cast pulls in a 19" red drum:shock:. He wasn't sure what the fish was when he pulled it in, but I told him you hooked into a great fish that is not seen in these water much. Five casts later he pulls in a 23" red drum. At that point I knew it was time for me to go home.biggrin.gif:D
post #13 of 35
No red drum in south jersey. Everybody move along, nothing to see here.
Edited by eelball 1 - 8/11/11 at 2:30pm
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No red drum is south jersey. Everybody move along, nothing to see here.

You trying to get rid of the competition EB? How you been?
post #15 of 35
Doing well. Hope your doing good to.
Btw, no specs in SJ either;)tongue.gif
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