TenkaraBum Challenge - Freshwater Drum
by Levi Cain
(Blanchard, OK, USA)
Size 12 Black Killer Bugger
I didn't even know these guys could be found in Walnut Creek. But once I spotted them chilling along with Buffalo, Carp, and River Carpsuckers I figured I had a better chance of catching a Drum then I did the other species. So I started trying to specifically target them. I noticed a pair of them staying in one particular area near a rock on the other side. I figured they were guarding a nest or were about to spawn so I cast over to them. Sure enough I got their attention immediately. But they kept missing the fly. So I kept trying and then started letting the fly sink to the bottom and leaving it there. After a few seconds I'd give it a slight jerk and let it sit still. Finally one of them slowly approached the fly and then it was gone so I set the hook. After maybe 10 minutes of letting it tire out I was able to work it to shore and grabbed it.
Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)
Tenkara has no strict rules. Enjoy tenkara in your own way.
- Eiji Yamakawa
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.