Red Drum

October 31, 2022
Fishing reports published in print are generalized and weeks may have passed before the report gets into your hands, so for timely up-to-date reports, visit our Fishing Reports online. Current…
October 29, 2022
It’s early in the morning and I’m heading out for a morning topwater bite. My kayak glides across the surface of the water, and there is a light fog rising off the creek parting as I pass through it…
September 21, 2022
Following an unseasonal cold front and pounding rain, a stiff breeze churned the waters a bit much for Chesapeake Bay fishing as the dawning sky began to grow more pinkish to the eastward over the…
September 12, 2022
Red Drum in skinny water can be some of the most action-packed fishing you can find on the lower Chesapeake Bay during the late summer and early fall months — this month is the perfect time to get…
June 2, 2022
For many years, all of the big red drum I caught were on live or cut bait like crabs, menhaden chunks, spot, or croaker. And that is an excellent way to catch them, particularly in late spring. We…
March 29, 2022
You will hear this fish called by many names: red drum, redfish, puppy drum for small ones, and bull redfish for very large ones. When I was young, the old timers in our area referred to them as…
March 5, 2022
Are you a lifelong Marylander, have you moved here from afar, or are you just in the state for a visit? No matter why you find yourself in a Maryland state of mind, if you’re an angler, you’re in…
July 24, 2021
As August hits many Chesapeake Bay catch-and-release anglers will begin targeting big bull redfish in the Middle Bay, and as summer turns into fall, Lower Bay anglers of a similar attitude will enjoy…
October 20, 2020
If you enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing during the fall, there's no doubt you've heard some fact and some fiction about when and where those stripers will bite. Fact: when it goes from “chilly” to “…
October 9, 2020
For many Chesapeake Bay anglers, the shorter days and cooling temps of fall signal big striped bass, fat crabs, and football. The land of pleasant living, however, has many secrets. One of those…
March 21, 2020
When someone says the word “spring” to a saltwater angler who enjoys fishing in the Chesapeake Bay where it meets with the Atlantic ocean, immediately two fish come to mind: tautog and big red drum.…
August 13, 2019
Red drum, also known as redfish, are one of the top targets of many anglers when they go fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. Big red drum like this are the stuff reams are made of. Photo courtesy of…
November 15, 2018
Few fish are as popular as redfish – and sometimes, it seems as though few are as tough to catch, which is why earlier this year we published How to Catch More Red Drum: Three Tips. But those tactics…
September 7, 2018
September is a prime month for jigging up big bull redfish from beneath bluefish and rock that are churning the surface of the Chesapeake Bay. If you want to get in on this action we’d advise going…
June 13, 2018
You want to know how to catch more red drum? In Florida and all along the Gulf Coast a shrimp or finger mullet fished a few feet under a popping cork is a killer. Shocker alert: The same technique…
August 31, 2017
Chesapeake Bay fishing is best known for great light tackle striper action—there are not many places on earth where a person can get into huge slugs of predatory fish and catch them one after the…
August 1, 2017
I love the feeling I get when I fire up my outboard and head for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, the CBBT, on a warm summer morning for a day of fishing. In that moment, the day is full of…