TO CATCH SOME OF THE LARGEST RED DRUM, EXPLORE THE DEEP WATERS OF COASTAL BAYS, RIVERS AND PASSES
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.
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BIG DOGS: Adult redfish require tactics different from those used on puppy drum, as well as targeting deeper waters.