Angler in the Corpus Christi area catches and releases a

On Saturday in Nueces Bay, an angler from the Corpus Christi area caught and released a “massive” black drum estimated at around 40 pounds.

Calallen’s Dylan Flores said he and Captain Dominic Sanchez of Saltwater Therapy Guide Services at Corpus Christi didn’t get a single bite all day until the big black drum caught on his light fishing reel.

While standing in the nearly 3-foot water, Flores fought the saltwater fish for about 15 minutes, he said. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, some anglers compare landing a 40-pound drum to lifting a sunken log. Flores agreed.

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“My bar flexed so much when it hooked,” said the 22-year-old. “He felt so heavy. It was pretty tough because he was massive.”

After Flores took a picture with his drum, he let the fish back into the bay. He said he couldn’t get an accurate weight because his boat was about 300 meters from where he made the catch. He estimated it to be forty pounds and about 45 inches long, a personal best.

The catch was a surprise considering he was hoping for trout.

Black drumfish are the largest member of the drum family, reaching sizes in excess of 40 inches and 120 pounds. In Texas, anglers are unlikely to catch more than 30 to 40 pounds of drumfish, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The fish are most common in Texas and are found in bay and Gulf waters, particularly along the lower coast from Corpus Christi to Brownsville, Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general affairs reporter for | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre