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I took my Hobie out a couple of days ago and drifted from Bell Creek on the ICW to Beaufort. I started out fishing for red drum using top and suspending lures at the edges of a salt marsh and caught nothing. Then I jigged for awhile and still caught nothing. There were folks on a couple of other boats near that same location who also seemed to be after some red drum, and I didn't see any of them pull in any either.

Finally I gave up on red drum and put on a flounder rig baited with FishBites and set myself adrift toward Beaufort on an outgoing tide. (I had purchased the FishBites on an impulse and at the time had no particular use in mind for them.) At first nothing but small croakers bit. Then, as I was drifting past a sandy/hard mud beach, I got a tug that initially made me think I was hung. Soon the line moved and I pulled in a 17- or 18-inch black drum. He wasn't a record setter, but he was large enough for dinner.

Instead of going back to the beginning of that beach and covering that same turf over again, I continued drifting and pedaling toward Beaufort, but nothing else interesting happened that day. Might go out and re-visit that spot again today.
 

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Well, I went back out today. Jigged and threw surface lures in the same ol' places everyone else seems to and caught the usual: nothing. But before I could test the FishBites and try a repeat of my previous journey, a torrential downpour developed. (Yesterday the probability of rain was supposed to be only 30%.) Fifteen minutes earlier the skies were clear and the sun was roasting my legs. Once I was soaked, I didn't see much point in going to shore. I mean, you can only get so wet and my hat was keeping the water out of my eyes, so I was fine. But then lightening bolts and thunderclaps developed, and I decided to test fate no further and came ashore. Now as I gaze out my front windows, cyclists are breezing by and there's not even a hint of rain. Grrrrr...
 

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Fiddler crabs, huh? There are tons of them in the ditch in front of my house, depending on the tide. Maybe I'll collect a few and give it a try. Any particular technique to putting them on a hook? Just pierce them through in the middle and hope they stay on?

QUOTE=roostertail24;489796]Black drum will rarely hit artificials. If you want to catch more of them use shrimp or fiddler crabs on a bottom rig.[/QUOTE]
 

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Fiddler crabs, huh? There are tons of them in the ditch in front of my house, depending on the tide. Maybe I'll collect a few and give it a try. Any particular technique to putting them on a hook? Just pierce them through in the middle and hope they stay ]
Tear off one of the back legs and insert a number 1 or 1/0 live bait hook into the hole but don't come all the way out where you'll break the shell.
 
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