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TenkaraBum Challenge - Freshwater Drum

by Levi Cain
(Blanchard, OK, USA)

Size 12 Black Killer Bugger

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.

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May 23, 2016
Thanks y'all
by: Levi Cain

Thats helpful and interesting information about targeting the salt water species.

May 22, 2016
by: Brant

The way you worked that fly sounds exactly like how we catch salt water red drum a lot of the time. Many times we know they are there but they want it down in the mud. Sounds like a blast!

Jun 05, 2014
by: Don

Dang, you beat me to it. Sheepshead grow big in Cleveland, Ohio and I hooked up with a lunker on Sunday, but he got off. It is necessary to set the hook hard. Oh, well, I'll be at it again with the killer bugger. Don

Jun 04, 2014
Inspiring catches
by: Blatt

Thanks for sharing.
Your dedication to present us with different species is really inspiring.

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