|First Citation of the year, too.|
|Bubba is a tough fighter, but when you play rough, sometimes you lose a tooth.|
You'll notice the color difference in the first two pictures. The longer they stay out of water, the more faded the colors will get. Please make sure, especially in the warmer months, to get them back in the water quickly and revive them thoroughly before releasing them. It's pretty amazing to watch their colors come right back and vibrant.
I also caught a 25" black drum that fought well, but after the last fight, definitely seemed a bit on the wussy side. There are few fish in our neck of the woods that will get your adrenaline rushing like a big ol' sheepshead.
Tidbits of what I used: Bait, mole crabs (although other crustaceans will work as well, including fiddler crabs). Rig, 2/0 Owner cutting point hook on dropper loop (1/0-3/0 will work). 3-4 oz sinker (sometimes more depending on current), 40lb leader, 30lb braid (most people use heavier braid and leader and it's recommended). Stout yet sensitive rod and quality reel with smooth drag is crucial. Noodley rods will not get a good hook set and you will not have enough power to turn the fish during the fight. A drag that stutters will also end in disappointment.