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I've been seeing a lot of nice size drum in the reeds. They cruise along weaving in and out of the thick reeds. I'm pretty sure they actually venture deep into the reeds because I can here chomping sounds often and I see the reeds tremble. These are thick reeds, not cord grass or starting but the thick stemmed reeds that are 6'+ tall. Anyway the reeds border the mainland and are not part of any spoil islands. My question has to do with weather or not it is possible to target these fish and, if so, with what? I've pitched a top water into the reeds after seeing some bow wakes and shrimp spook. I got a blow up but once the plug is a foot from the edge of the reeds it is ignored. I don't see this as a fishable situation but I'm eager to hear what others might think.
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Line yourself up where your kayak is right beside the grass and cast parallel down it working your plug back to you. You'll keep your plug right beside the grass the whole time. Next bet is a weedless spoon OR since you like Topwater baits so much a weedless Topwater frog. Yes, I said a frog to catch redfish. Honestly it looks like mullet coming across the top of the water. Don't be scared to throw way up in the grass. Worry about getting the fish out after you hook up with him. Bit of advice for that though, you have to rip him out. Locked down drag and get him out as soon as possible. You'll break some fish off this way but it's a lot of fun and extremely effective. Last resort for me, do as Pierman said and toss a mullet against the grass.
 

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Excuse my ignorance but what "bass jig"?
I tried gold spoons but maybe I'm not fishing them properly. If I throw to the edge of the reeds the spoon sinks right away in the mud. I can't throw into the reeds because they are too tall and too thick. The spoon would get hung in the tops. I like the idea of throwing parallel to the edge of the reeds. I'll take a photo to better illustrate. I think these fish are following some separations through these reeds to get to the interior.
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Quite a few different options for rigging plastics weedless.
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Thanks. These post have given me a better understanding and I'll likely employ some of them. I happen to have all the hooks pictured and I have one of those jigs as part of a crank bait I can disassemble.
Here are a couple of photos I took today two hours before high tide:

These are thick reeds that are identical to cattails without the cigar shaped seed heads. I don't know exactly what they are called. Are these the same as those pictured in the minds? I can't pitch anything deep into this cover but I can try to get between a couple of the clumps that are more sparse. If I see activity and happen to get a hook up will the fish head into the cover or take off into open water.
I got this one on the very first cast using a brand new mirrolure top dog. I found it hung up in the weeds while paddling out. It is the white with read head color and it must have been lost and abandoned. I just crushed the barbs and threw it out toward the corner of some Marsh grass. First cast I figured I'd there would be plenty more to come so it went back. Needless to say I didn't land another. I had a few other hook ups but they somehow got off. One felt pretty darn heavy too. That's a big drawback for top water IMO. I think most of the drum actually get foul hooked and the hook tears out. The one I here actually had a single treble hook in its mouth but I'd guess at least 1/3 of the fish I land have hooks in the chin and none in the mouth.


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I have a bunch of these

But I have no idea how to rig them. If a put a leader through these heads they would theoretically sit on the hook eye but I don't know how to keep them from sliding up the leader without some sloppy knot and plastic bead?
I took one skirt off and put it on a jig head. I also put a worm keeper and a worm to make it "weedless". My local tackle store had two, count them, two bass jigs with skirts.
Sorry for the know nothing skirt setup.

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Just a general FYI. I youtubed these things and they are "punch weights". I imagine there are other names for them but I found out how to rig them a couple of different ways although I'm not sure I'll use them for the drum in these reeds. I've got a couple of other things I'll throw as per advice here and if nothing gets them going I'll spend time chasing those in the more open water. Thanks for all the tips and advice.
 
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