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Old 05-22-2020, 04:35 PM   #1
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Me and my son put the hurting on the big uglies. Just seeing the excitement in him was priceless!


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Old 05-22-2020, 04:39 PM   #2
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Nice haul and good job dad!!! I miss the days I spent on the bay with my dad... memories he will never forget.
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:34 PM   #3
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Great memories there! Congrats!
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:50 PM   #4
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I’ve heard the smaller ones before they get wormy taste just like redfish. I know they are both drum, y’all find that to be true?
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Dang good day!
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:03 PM   #6
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Congrats! Looks like some great memories there.
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:09 PM   #7
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Ive heard the smaller ones before they get wormy taste just like redfish. I know they are both drum, yall find that to be true?
In my honest opinion they are the best esting fish in the bay and the toughest to clean.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:24 PM   #8
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Lots of good pulls! Good job!
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:51 PM   #9
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Ive heard the smaller ones before they get wormy taste just like redfish. I know they are both drum, yall find that to be true?
I think they are (maybe way) better than redfish.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:55 PM   #10
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In my honest opinion they are the best esting fish in the bay and the toughest to clean.
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I think they are (maybe way) better than redfish.
Good to know, thanks.
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:36 PM   #11
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They are good. So long as they aren't wormy but you'll know that as soon as you start filleting them. I get some that are loaded with worms but a good many don't have 'em.

You can halfshell them and throw them on the grill just like redfish too.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:10 PM   #12
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Not one worm in a single fish. I have also heard of them having worms.


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Old 05-22-2020, 11:26 PM   #13
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Never seen worms in legal sized drum.
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:20 PM   #14
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I see worms in legal sized drum all the time. Sometimes you start to fillet one and the entire fillet is full of worms. It's not unusual at all. But they are easy to see. There isn't any doubt.
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:37 PM   #15
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I love eating black drum blackened! My favorite.
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:44 PM   #16
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In my honest opinion they are the best esting fish in the bay and the toughest to clean.
Sheepshead are the hardest to clean to me. Drum are close
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Very nice catching there. Always fun to get into black drum.
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:36 PM   #17
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Great eating. I have also cleaned many puppy drum with worms.
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:05 PM   #18
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That’s crazy. Been fishing and catching drum all my life and have only seen them in the bigger over sized drum. We used to go down and watch the old bay fishing boat come in “Captain Clark” and watch as they clean all the big uglies and all them had worms on the back third towards the tail. But never in the smaller butter fly drum. Guess I’ve been lucky for the last 40 years.
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:52 PM   #19
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Nice work!

As for the worms, all Drum species have them, Black, Reds, Trout. Seems like closer to the big ocean the more they'll have in my experience. The trout we catch at fish camp in the surf or channel always seems to have plenty but they'll be in others as well and fish obviously do move around.

As for eating quality for typical bay fish I'd say Flounder, Trout, Sheepshead, Drum, Gafftop, Reds in that order would be my preference although I don't allow slimers in my coolers so we haven't eaten one in a very long time.
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:57 PM   #20
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If you're not sure what to look for, the worms just look like a white blob in the flesh. Yall probably been eating them all your lives and just didn't know it, they don't hurt anything. They're actually a shark parasite in the beginning stage of the life cycle, when the shark eats a drum species the cycle gets completed.
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