GAME PLAN

TO CATCH SOME OF THE LARGEST RED DRUM, EX­PLORE THE DEEP WA­TERS OF COASTAL BAYS, RIVERS AND PASSES

Sport Fishing - - CONTENTS -

Leave the mi­cro-skiff at home. Keep the light-tackle out­fits in the garage. To catch the largest bull red­fish, think deep and bring out the big guns.

The dif­fer­ences be­tween adult and puppy drum are so vast, you might as well treat the two like dif­fer­ent an­i­mals. Adult red­fish lose their en­dear­ing ado­les­cent spots, re­placed with ar­mor for scales and a car­i­ca­ture mouth only a carp could love. Their de­meanor is bullish, us­ing cur­rent and mass to fight down-and-dirty. And their meat turns from re­fined to tough, mir­ror­ing their ag­gres­sive men­tal­ity.

Bull reds are the “big uglies” TV foot­ball com­men­ta­tors al­ways talk about. Con­quer­ing them re­quires sound tech­nique, strength, spe­cial­ized tac­tics and a keen eye. Learn how some of the best bull-beat­ers in the biz stay on top of their game.

BIG DOGS: Adult red­fish re­quire tac­tics dif­fer­ent from those used on puppy drum, as well as tar­get­ing deeper wa­ters.

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