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Black Drum

Dave Weissman

Jul 29, 2016
I'm new to spearing, but I went shooting with an outfit in West Plam Beach-Ocean Quest. They just gave me and my buddy guns and we were on our own. Lots of strong current so got behind a wreck to wait and shot a Black Drum. I got occupied untangling my line from the wreck and noticed my buddy ditched me-yeah buddy! As I surfaced a big Barracuda started menacing me-our plan was to shoot a Barracuda for sure; my buddy could've helped with that. Anyway the crew was very critical I had shot the Drum as it was trash, nobody eats them, etc. When I mentioned my displeasure with not being able to get the Barracuda they said Barracuda was trash too and "reef" fish were dangerous to eat due to some parasite or something. Well snapper, grouper are reef fish that are pretty tasty-barracuda is nice too so I'm confused about what they said and Florida DOF&G has a bag limit of 5 for the drum. I don't understand why there'd be a limit if nobody wanted them. Anyway I was so bummed by Capt Sandy and her crew saying how horrible the drum was I didn't even try it. WTF, anybody know if black drum is worth shooting. I'm a fly-fishing guide in Alaska and I'd never dis on somebody like these people did. Like I refused to tip them, but my buddy who ditched me ended up tipping them for me-gosh, thanks so much... - The Worlds Largest Community Dedicated To Freediving, Scuba Diving and Spearfishing


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