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Black Drum Save the day in Banana River

Capt. Ron Presley
May 10, 2010
Cocoa Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

The fishing was slow this week despite some great weather. Mike and Kim traveled from Houston to enjoy some inshore fishing and celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. Mike had warned before the trip began that Kim usually out fished him and he turned out to be right.

Kim was on her game, hooking about every thing that came her way. She started off with a nice rod-bending jack. During the day she added more jacks, a nice spotted sea trout and several mangrove snappers. She ended the day with a nice black drum.

We fished about six different spots during the half-day trip before finding a small school of black drum around some residential docks. Kim actually hooked several, but as they like to do, they were taking her around the dock pilings and breaking off. She stayed determined though and finally pulled the nice specimen pictured below into open water and then to the boat. The catch-photo release (CPR) method was used and the distinctively striped drum was set free to bite another day.

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The weather was great, the company was better and all in all it was a fun day fishing on the Banana River. The great thing about black drum is that they grow to gargantuan sizes and are available though out Florida. The specimen pictured next was caught in the Indian River Lagoon, a few miles from Kim's recent catch. This one ate a Rip Tide Plastic crab.

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That's what it's all about. Good fishin'.

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You can purchase my book, Secrets from Florida's Master Anglers on the Snook Foundations website with proceeds going to the foundation.


Up Coming Events:

I will be at Bass Pro Shops - Orlando this Sunday, May 16th. Come on by and visit if you are in the neighborhood.

On June 12th I will be a Boater's Exchange in Rockledge for a Boating/Fishing Expo. I will present a seminar and also have copies of my book available. Other Captains at the event include Capt. Chris Myers, Capt. Keith Kalbfleisch and Capt. John Kumiski.

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Capt. Ron Presley is an outdoor writer and fishing guide. He serves on the board of directors of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, is Secretary Treasurer of the Florida Guides Association and editor of their newsletter. Capt. Ron operates Inshore Fishing Adventures in the Cocoa Beach area.

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Inshore Fishing Adventures
516 S. Plumosa St., #19
Merritt Island, FL 32952
Phone: 321-454-7285
Alt. Phone: 321-749-1787
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