Damn good black drum guides

Everything to Know About Booking a black drum fishing charter

What are the best black drum fishing charters?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 386 black drum trips, and the most popular trips are Redfish on the Fly guided by Jeff, West Galveston Bay guided by Jesse, and Jacksonville Flats Light Tackle + Fly Trip guided by David.

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What types of black drum fishing charters are common?

Inshore fishing is the most popular for black drum as well as flats fishing, nearshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and bottom fishing but drift fishing and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do black drum fishing charters cost?

for black drum prices can range anywhere from $50 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day for black drum is $632. The average price for a full day for black drum is $843.

When is the best time to go black drum fishing?

The most popular season for black drum fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 12 days in advance.

Where can I get a fishing license for black drum and what are the bag limits for black drum?

See here for more information on black drum fishing licenses, black drum bag limits, and fishing season regulations for black drum. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right black drum rules and regulations.

What is a Black Drum?

While not quite as recognizable as its more famous cousin the redfish (or red drum), black drum are a saltwater fish from the croaker family that are so named because they can produce loud noises with their air bladder between 100 and 500 Hz when performing mating calls, and you’ll often hear this “drumming” when you pull the fish out of the water.

Young black drum are often mistaken for sheepshead due to their black and silver stripes, but they generally grow out of this as they reach maturity and adopt a more even silver-gray color. Their teeth are rounded and located in the back of their throat, and used to crush oysters, shellfish, and other mollusks and crabs. Because of this, they are often found patrolling oyster beds and shell bottoms. 
 Black drum are a nearshore and inshore fish found in many of the same areas as redfish. Juvenile drum will be caught inshore while more mature fish can be found further out. They are generally a robust fish, tolerating a wide variety of water conditions and temperatures, although their range is not huge, extending only through the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

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What's biting?

Black Drum Fishing Reports from Our Damn Good Guides. See more black drum fishing reports.

    Fishing has been spectacular! Flounder are being caught on the intracoastal. Slot reds being caught in dirty water on cut bait and artificials. The trout bite is on fire in the early morning and late evening on live shrimp and popping corks. Drums excellent on dead shrimp on out going tides.

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