More Drum Than a Marching Band Battery

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More Drum Than a Marching Band Battery

First, shop news.

We have added another new item from Major Craft.  Similar to their slow pitch jigs, we now have Major Craft Jigpara Tungsten Jigs.  With tungsten being 1.74 times heavier than lead, these will allow you to present a much smaller presentation without sacrificing weight, perfect for when fish are concentrating on small bait. 

How is the fishing?  The surf fishing has totally blown up with Black Drum in the surf.  They are feeding on clams.  We have had reports from anglers that say they had a fish on before they could get a second rod out, and groups of anglers had multiple double and triple hook ups.

Mixed into this are striped bass, who are also taking clams.  The bluefish are still around and they are still taking mullet or cut bunker.  Poppers and swimming plugs are also working.

While they are completely overshadowed by everything else going on, the fluke are in the surf and are hitting bucktails and Gulp!

In the bay, the big bluefish are still readily hitting poppers and spooks

Some recent notable catches:

Our cover photo:  Stella and Lia Serrao with a monster drum Monday, showing dad how it’s done.

Ramon released this beautiful over size bass he caught on FRESH Grumpy Clams on Friday

From @serfishing2night - “Thanks for the mullet and chicken scratch sp! Little man is out here slayin’ them blues! Lost a GIANT🥺lol....🤟🎣” Nice job buddy!!! found bass on clam Saturday morning.

@ksfishingcontent reported good action on SP minnows including this 9.35 lb bruiser.

Colby and Joe got the BLUES Saturday. One was over 35”.  All caught on Mullet from the surf.

@theochupein13 “For the plug guys out there. 32” this morning”

Sunday evening @lizzyribas was out catching fish for @david_eurell and our own Scott out on Island Beach State Park.  The drum bite was off the hook.  They went 13 of 16 for Black Drum and had two striped bass also, all on fresh Grumpy Clams.  She let David hold one fish, but I guess Scott wasn’t allowed to hold any. 

There are some good fluke in the surf. Mike Vaccarino with a 23 inch, 4.75 pound fluke that fell for a Gulp! grub fished on a teaser.

The drum fishing was off the charts Sunday but there were also nice bass in the mix. Here’s Rich with a good one.

Lou Fusco with a 4.05 pound,  22 inch fluke from the surf.

Roy black with a 19.75 inch, 2.8 lb beach fluke.


@anthonyviolaa got on the drum Monday is beating the drum.

@bdaloisio_ with a nice drum on Monday.

@escuetotherescue said “you weren’t kidding” the drum are hot and heavy

Ray had an epiphany today.  Here is a hint on what that was…