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Lake: John Martin Reservoir
Fish: Freshwater Drum

Went for Wiper............but?

Post By: chodeman      Posted: 5/8/2014 10:09:10 PM     Points: 705    
Headed down JM early today and was excited to catch some Wiper and Eyes and really hoping to find some slab crappies. Instead I stumbled on to some drum and had blast! Never thought I'd enjoy it so much, but they hit like a snag and after catching a dozen of them along the dam went back to trolling for eyes. Only one small eye and blanked on wipers. But I may now be the Freshwater Drum King! :)
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 5/8/2014 10:18:40 PM     Points: 6753    
Those drums are pretty nice! Hard to believe they are in freshwaterI though they were a saltwater species! Are they tasty like the ones in the Gulf?
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: 5/8/2014 10:27:33 PM     Points: 705    
Lots of bones. I just threw them back, but had fun catching!
 Reply by: jman      Posted: 5/8/2014 10:36:00 PM     Points: 2247    
Drums are a blast man fun fight and I think are cool looking fish. I never say a word bad on catching one other then it looked like a wiper haha.
Good job bro glad you had some fun.
bronxx will probably give you some awesome advice on how to catch the fish and what he could catch...
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 5/8/2014 11:35:28 PM     Points: 63782    
I have a buddy that eats them and I fillet them for him the they have the whitest meat around but I'll stick with my crappie.

Lol Jman
 Reply by: GoneFishin303      Posted: 5/13/2014 8:05:22 AM     Points: 87    
I also went to John Martin over the weekend.

Seems like the water is still a bit cold and the fish are not as active for this time of the year because of the inconsistent weather. If the weather stays in the 70's and 80's for the next few weeks the action should be good.

We managed to pull in 1 walleye and 10-15 white bass.
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 5/13/2014 8:11:44 AM     Points: 1020    
hey atleast you got into some action. I wouldnt mind pulling in drums all day long
 Reply by: Babu      Posted: 5/13/2014 10:39:17 AM     Points: 5    
What bait use for drum? Last year, I got two drum at two times, hard to believe but I got a drum in salmon egg and one on minnow.
 Reply by: 1Troutsky      Posted: 5/13/2014 10:52:19 AM     Points: 5    
I have caught drum at Jackson with bottom bouncers and a lindy rig...minnows or worms...good eaters really white meat like tilapia!
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 5/13/2014 11:44:41 AM     Points: 840    
Drum are directly related to Redfish (which are red drum), they put up a great fight. Congrats on the catch.
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: 5/13/2014 11:19:02 PM     Points: 705    
Babu - I was trolling lindy rigs (3/8 weight, 4' snell, silver spinner, orange beads) with minnow. If you go try trolling northern half of dam in 14 to 16ft of water. Good luck to you!
 Reply by: Russian      Posted: 5/14/2014 7:40:24 AM     Points: 1030    
I caught a lot of Drum growing up in KS. Awesome fight and pretty good eating as long as they were at least 3-5 lbs.

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