• Capt. Jay Leach

Puppy Drum Fishing

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

Fisherman working in southeastern Virginia and North Carolina coastal waters live in some of the best puppy drum territory in the country.


Puppy drum are considered juvenile red drum. Adult puppy drum can grow up to about 30 inches long. They have strong reputation as one of shallow-water fishings toughest fighters.


Lynnhaven Inlet is one of the best spots around to catch puppy drum, but Rudee Inlet and points along coastal beaches hold high numbers. Hundreds of puppy drum are tagged in Virginia each year, and some of the lessons learned from tagging these fish are amazing.


Join us at First Landing Charters for a day of fishing and we'll make sure to get you hooked on some puppy drum!

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