Photo 1 of 2 Ryan Hilditch, Huffman, Texas
Texas Black Drum
Weight: Estimated to be 70 lb. or more The Lowdown: Ryan Hilditch was fishing with his buddies Eric Spurgeon and Corey Elliot in the Trinity Bay near Baytown, Texas on July 26 when Hilditch felt a strong pull on his 15-pound test line. After a 20-minute fight, Hilditch reeled in this monster black drum from about eight feet of water. The net nearly broke pulling the fish into the boat. After a few photographs were snapped, the drum was released without being weighed. Hilditch estimates it was around 70 pounds. Bait Used: Fresh shrimp Current State Record: 78 pounds.