Nice work guys!
Very well put sir, and thanks for the quick reply. I hope I have to worry about those big drum later in the summer, I will try to remember to have a camera ready cause of all these guys on here saying "no pic, no fish" lol. I've only caught 2 reds so far, so hard not to want a pic of every one, maybe after I hit double digits, I'll leave the phone in my pocket unless I hook up with a bruiser. Good luck out there.Matt: I don't think temps affect their fight too much, but high water temps generally increase C&R mortality for all fish. Reds are a lot more durable than most, particulrly specks & stripers. That said, keeping the fight short with tackle appropriate to the task & getting the fish released quickly is the key to enhancing their post catch survival. That's particularly true for the big drum later in the summer. If you gotta take a pic, take it quick & get them back in the water. Think how you'd do if you ran a mile race in late Aug and someone stuffed a dry towel over your mouth and nose at the finish line and wouldn't let you breath for 2 or 3 minutes.