alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial drum fishing from the surf in NC
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« on: April 18, 2019, 08:22:16 PM »

After fishing tarpon in Florida, I drove up to Buxton, NC to meet our field tester Blake Hayden to take video and pictures of 12' and 13'  Black Hole Surf II action for big drum.
I heard drum fishing from the beach in NC, but it was my first experience to see my own eyes.   
It was amazing, but it is not for any anglers. To cast farther, most anglers use 12' and 13' surf rod with conventional reel filled with 20 lb mono.
 
I arrived at the motel around 4 pm yesterday and we went to beach at 5 pm.
While I was checking emails, Blake already had a drum and I couldn't take video.
He dropped a massive drum and it got dark. After dark, he had 40 lb, but the video was not clear.
We fished until mid night. I woke up around 10 pm next day as I was tired from sleepless nights before. 
As fishing was slow daytime, we rested in a car.   
By 4 pm, the bites were on. 
On his first cast, he got a nice drum using 12' Black Hole Surf II Heavy rod.  He could cast farther than anybody there.
It was  a solid 50 pounder. I thought I recorded video, but I did not !! I wish I could show the fight with big drum. 
 
Soon, he got another one with the 12' rod.  I made sure I recorded correctly. It was not as big as the previous one, but it is decent 40 plus lb drum. 
My mission is accomplished and I left for NJ.
 

 
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2019, 07:35:55 AM »

You need longer cast using conventional 12' or 13' rods. Some use spinning rods, but they rarely catch drum because the casting is limited.   
As you see in the video, current is strong and they move together from right to left. ( they use 7 - 8 oz sinker).

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2019, 07:44:00 AM »

Thanks for showing us!

Great videos...

Best,

Fred
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2019, 09:56:38 AM »

Looks like a productive fishery! I'd like to be out there with a built Surfmaster 100.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2019, 01:51:36 PM »

Great videos, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2019, 02:46:30 PM »

Thanks for taking us along !
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2019, 01:42:59 PM »

Nice!!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2019, 02:52:27 PM »

Great day at the NC coast, nice action. Good video.

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