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I primarily fish creeks off the western pamlico- bath, blounts, Durham and the like.

Thanks to this site, some good natured friends and strangers and lots of unproductive trips, I've finally managed to occasionally find fish. But not all fish.

Puppy drum elude me. Do they typically hang around the same areas as trout and stripers? I know to look for points, ledges, structure, etc.- but are there any puppy drum specific habitat?

Thanks in advance. Since a puppy drum is all I can keep right now (flounder not consistent yet?), I'd like to try and find one for dinner this weekend.
 

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your in the right spots give it another few weeks, they're(red fish) typically in those areas in the summer time. Flounder are starting to show up as well.

If you find them keep it to yourself don't go name dropping spots on here for everyone's sake...

topwater and popping corks are the two best ways to catch them.
 

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Find the finger mullet and you will find the pups. Get that bait or lure right up against the grass/oyster bars. Think skinny water.
 

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Thanks all, Do drum migrate from the backs to the fronts of the creeks like trout as the water warms?
 

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Yep, thanks all. I didn't grow up with a fisherman as a dad- he preferred tennis. I've got a decent serve, but learning the fishing game. Spent my whole childhood and 20-30's running boats on the pamlico for fun. I never knew the fishing could be so productive. Thanks for all the advice, really speeds up the learning curve
 

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Don't forget your procure...
 

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All locations mentioned are great. If you're fishing a marsh, and see a gap or a small area of marsh away from the rest, a popping cork would work well there, as well as jig heads with plastic bodies. reds are predator fish, so they will hide in wait for their prey to come along, and you may even see them feeding, or moving along with a wake, as someone else mentioned. Mullet schools will also have wakes. I've always had a problem distinguishing between mullet wakes, and a single red wake.
 

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I've only caught one puppy drum. Beautiful and tenacious fish! I caught it using a finger mullet in the surf with some various of a Carolina rig. This probably isn't extremely helpful but it's how I caught my one and only.


Sent from my kayak...
 

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They seem to be a bit late this year. Normally we have had some success catching them by now. I never really target drum specifically but i can usually find some mixed in with the trout. Marshy points are where I do best for them, or if you can find a nice drop off fairly close to some marsh/grass.
 
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