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Going after the Black Drum, the biggest trophy of the Uruguayan coast

Going after the Black Drum, the biggest trophy of the Uruguayan coast
Due of its size, fighting attitude, and the length of its high season, the black drum is the king of competitive coastal fishing in Uruguay.
The shoals of black drum are populated by specimens similar in size, allowing catches averaging 10 kilograms at the beginning of the season, and over 20 kilograms towards the middle or end of the season.

Season and Places
From September/October, with the arrival of the first shoals, to the beginning of fall (April), when southern winds start to cool the water down, decreasing salt-levels and increasing sedimentation. Depending on the season, the black drum can be found from the Rocha sand bank and San Ignacio Ponds (where they swim no more than 40 or 50 meters away from shore), to the Maldonado Stream bank (a place that demands casting lines longer than 100 meters). Younger specimens first appear in the shores of Canelones and Montevideo.

Fishind and Equipment

Patience is the name of the game, with the rod resting on a support until the fish strikes. This is distinguished by a violent dip. Once the animal is hooked, it is normal to spend between 20 and 30 minutes reeling it in completely, in an adrenaline-filled battle with nature.
This type of fishing is the most physically demanding due to the long casting distances required and the use of heavy cone- or pyramid-shaped weights (140 grams to 250 grams, depending on sea conditions). It is recommended to use ‘heavy’ equipment, with rods between 3.9 and 4.2 meters capable of casting weights of up to 200 or 300 grams, together with rotating reels with 25-pound lines.

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