Fun with Torontonian Freshwater Drum

July 28, 2013

Here’s a report that hails from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. I’ve recently been exploring fishing from my “new” Tarpon 140 kayak.

The water outflow from a nearby factory is a magnet for a wide array of species in the spring and fall, but it’s not a popular fishing destination in the summer. I’ve been checking it out on calm days and have been rewarded with heaps of big drum.

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On my way home from work on Thursday I took a glance at the lake. It was dead calm, so I returned with the kayak and had a relaxing paddle out.

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IMG 3588 Fun with Torontonian Freshwater Drum

I cast around for a bit and coaxed a school of drum boatside. I jigged my spoon vertically and had some hits that resulted in a screaming commitment.

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There was another group of anglers out in a boat that came over to inspect my catch. They asked what I was using and I explained I was just throwing a spoon around. Fishing this spot is difficult in a boat because of the constant need to reposition in the current. In a kayak it’s easy to pick up the paddle to stay on the fish. There’s pros and cons.

I found a sweetspot that I cast into the rest of the evening. Boated 8 drum between 6-10 lbs, a 2lb smallmouth bass, and my first ever white bass.

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IMG 3617 Fun with Torontonian Freshwater Drum

The drum make for an interesting chase, they’ll knock the lure a few times before getting their mouth around it. Then it’s a long straight pull. In contrast, the bass just vibrated like crazy as I reeled him in. Every fish fights in their own special way.

What a rocking night!

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