Red Drum Rolling North?

The late May appearance of a big red drum on Cape Cod was a big surprise for Massachusetts angler Chris Cavanaugh, who was fishing for scup with Berkley Gulp at the time.

We didn’t expect to hear about any more red drum this summer, as the catch was highly unusual (though not unheard of) in New England waters. Then on July 5th, Greg Cutillo from Norfolk, MA  hooked a monster 43-pound drum while bucktailing for fluke aboard the Gail Frances party boat.

NAME with a 43-pound red drum caught on a bucktail aboard the Gail Frances.
Greg Cutillo with a 43-pound red drum caught on a bucktail aboard the Gail Frances on July 5.

Another rogue redfish hit the surf on Long Island over the weekend. Bert Ruscitto from White Water Outfitters found a 27-inch redfish on the night of July 4th.

NAME from White Water Outfitters caught this 27-inch drum from the Long Island Surf on the night of July 4th.
Bert Ruscitto from White Water Outfitters caught this 27-inch drum from the Long Island surf on the night of July 4th.

While red drum may have never been more than an occasional visitor to New York and New England, they were once abundant in Southern New Jersey. A century ago, “channel bass” drew well-to-do sportsman from Philadelphia and New York to the waters of Little Egg, Corsons and Hereford inlets in New Jersey. While it’s unknown why red drum stopped frequenting New Jersey waters, in recent years, red drum catches have become a little more common in the Garden State.

4 on “Red Drum Rolling North?

  1. Bonnie Loetscher

    Yesterday I had a 4′ Cobia on for about 10 minutes on a fluke rig up in Rampasture, west of the Ponquogue bridge!! The Gulfstream must be really close.

  2. Johnny Buckquails

    isn’t a coastwide slot limit on red drum? The big Cap Cod drum would be well over the slot limit.

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