New Hook Shots: Hard Knocks Black Drumming

I know what you're thinking: Black drum? Aren't they trash fish? In many parts of the U.S., anglers wouldn't dream of targeting them specifically. In Cape May, NJ, however, the spawning population that moves into Delaware Bay this time of year gets the local fishheads in a tizzy. Myself included. So I hit the Cape to find a big ol' "boomer." What I got was a lesson in functioning with severe sleep deprivation and Italian cooking, but fishing is not always easy, and "Hook Shots" is all about keeping it real. There's also a new "Hook Shots" quiz posted along with an announcement of the last quiz winner. This time we're giving away some cool Rapala pliers. By the way, today is the last day to enter Crown Royal's fishing photo contest to win a trip for four with yours truly to the Florida Keys this fall. Enter your shots and let's go fishing!