Many saltwater anglers are focused on catching red drum. Very few anglers pay much attention to their larger cousin the black drum. Black drum are quite a bit rarer than red drum, but they’re larger, a fun game fish to reel in, and make an excellent table fare—so they’re a prize worth pursuing.
So what’s the key to catching black drum? The key is to be in the right place, at the right time, using the right bait, with the right presentation. Obviously, being in the right place at the right time, using the right bait is important for catching any fish. But even after you find black drum and lower your bait, if your presentation isn’t enticing, black drum won’t bite. That’s where a black drum rig comes into play.
Using a black drum bottom fishing rig usually provides the best fishing results. A black drum rig ensures that your presentation is spot on and will get black drum to bit once they see your bait. The last think you want is to drop your bait in area with black drum just to have them pass you by. Below are popular fishing rigs that are used by anglers world wide to catch black drum.