We launched around 9:30pm after a full days work and an hour and a half drive. We fished the CBBT lightline for schoolie stripers on the way out to the target area. We each caught 4 or 5 and as the current started to slow down, our anticipation grew. We both put two rods out with whole crabs on fishfinder rigs and jigged a 6" chartreuse swimming mullet Gulp on a 2oz jighead. Justin got a hit first. One of his lines with a crab started peeling off, he engaged, and just as his kayak started getting pulled, it came unbuttoned. About 10 minutes later I suddenly lost tension on my jigging rod. I reeled in the slack and instinctively set the hook knowing that something picked it up and moved upward. The ensuing headshakes and screaming drag run quickly made me realize, this was a big fish! I was very lucky it didn't go straight through the set of pilings that were near by. Instead the beast pulled me in between the two bridges then did a 360 and ripped drag back toward the pilings. Luckily it veered away again, and after about 7 or 8 more minutes of tackle testing drag runs, I leg lifted the brute red over my gunwale.
Citation Red Drum
Those were all the bites we had. I got home at 5am feeling tired, but still buzzed from having caught my biggest fish thus far.