The Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound are breeding grounds for giant old red drum in August and September. Although some old drum stay around all year, early August is migration time for the fish to arrive from the ocean for spawning. That makes mid-August thru September prime catching times. The slot size for red drum is 18”-27” with a daily limit of one. The giant old red drums during this spawning time are 40”-60” and far exceed the slot limit. They are truly trophy fish. Because they are the spawning stock for the 1-3 year old puppy drums that stay around the area year round, we have to take care of them. Catch and release is strictly enforced. We use three main tactics to catch old drum…but you will have to wait for part two to understand them. In the meantime, purchase a chart of the local waters and I will tell you where to look.
Don’t let the big one get away….
Capt. Bobby Brewer