Re: Stir this pot
I just returned from the NCBBA red drum tourney. Some careful scouting put my team on the right location where one of our guys won the tourney with a 47.25" drum. Damned catch I ever witnessed.
Two hours in to the tourney I look at Louis and he is fussing with one of his rods. I walk over to see if we need to clear lines and see that he has been spooled and is actually down to the knot. I mean you could see the Y where the line was pulling away fro the shaft!
Louis carefully works back enough line, using his rod hand to help the line, to gain enough wraps to start cranking. 25-30 minutes later he brings his prize to the beach. I am now convinced that the fish spoiled him, somehow the 14# test held, and fought itself to exhaustion while Louis was tending to his other gear.
I kept asking if he had any head shakes or runs ---"no but it doesn't feel like a ray or a shark." That fish had a slight spark of life left to make about a 10 yd run when he saw the wash but that was it. I told Louis not to relate the story but he just couldn't help but sill the beans.
The drum bite has been sporadic but very productive on some nights. I hoping my buddies Mule and Bear run into that bite when they fish Sun-Tues coming up. I think I will be on hand to encourage them!
"You fish --- then you die --- or you don't fish and die anyway --- your choice"