Well, here I go again. Every year I say I’m going to post consistent content here on the main site, and never do. Oh well, maybe I’ll break the habit of quickly dumping all my pics on Facebook someday.
Anyway! Caught this brute a couple weeks ago in the PA waters of Lake Erie. I was targeting Drum over mussel beds and had already landed several 17-20” fish on jigs before this guy showed up to the party. Once he ate, a long and heavy fight ensued, and lasted for about 10 minutes before this fish made it to the net. I was using an 8’6” medium-heavy rod with a 12# leader and there was still absolutely no stopping the barn door whenever it decided to take off on a 10-80’ run. A dozen blazing runs along the bottom and many powerful dives later, this big boi was in the boat. My scale was bouncing between 13 and 14 pounds so I’m calling it 13.5#, making it the second heaviest FW Drum I’ve ever landed! Second only to a guaranteed-14 pounder that I caught back in 2015.