Creating the perfect fishing rig for red and black drum can be quite difficult given their huge range in sizes. You’re most likely to encounter both black and red drum that are somewhere between 5 and 30 pounds but they can sometimes reach a huge 60-90 pounds with the world record being around 93. The two fishes are cousin and share a large number of similar characteristics, including diet.
We went ahead and reviewed some of the most popular fishing rigs on the market that work well on both red and black drum. If you’d rather tie your own rig we also have instructions and the required tackle you’ll need below.
The Best Pre-Tied Red & Black Drum Fishing Rigs
- Carolina Drum Rigs (3-Pack) is the best fishing rig for black drum.
- AGOOL Fishing Rig is the best fishing rig for red drum.
- Fish Finder Rig is the best fishing rig if you want to use a fish finder.
1. Carolina Drum Rigs (3-Pack) – Best for Black Drum
- Sold in a pack of 3.
- Size 8/0 circle hook.
- 80lb fluorocarbon leader line.
- 3oz egg sinker.
- 150lb crane swivel.
- Price: Check Price
This rig is our choice for black drum given it’s heavy duty construction and large hook size. This carolina style rig comes with a 80lb 100% fluorocarbon leader line, a 3oz sinker and a crane swivel that can handle a whopping 150 lbs. This rig contains everything you need to start fishing for black drum, simply attach the bait and you’re good to go.
- Contains everything you need.
- Very good durability.
- Comes in a pack of three.
- A bit more expensive than some of the other available rigs.
2. AGOOL Fishing Rig – Best for Red Drum
- Available in pack of 2, 4 or 8.
- 16″ long.
- Rolling swivel.
- *HOOK NOT INCLUDED*
- Price: Check Price
An excellent choice for red drum, this fishing rig is about 16 inches long and includes a rolling swivel, egg sinker, a snap and two fishing beads. Keep in mind it doesn’t include a hook so you’ll need to order one separately.
If you do choose to order this rig we recommend picking up the Owner 2/0 Mutu Light Circle Hook as well as it fits well with this rig and will be especially effective at catching red drum.
- Includes everything but the hook.
- About 16″ long leader line.
- Heavy duty 49-strand stainless steel wire.
- You’ll need to purchase a fishing hook separately.
3. Fish Finder Rig – Best for Use With A Fish Finder
- Comes in a pack of 5.
- 80lb leader line.
- 130lb barrel swivel.
- Size 7/0 offset circle hook.
- Includes fish finder slide.
- Price: Check Price
Designed specifically to lure both red and black drums in the most natural way possible, this rig is specifically designed with a fish finder slide so attachment is simple. While this rig doesn’t include a sinker it does so intentionally so that the drum can begin feeding on the bait without feeling the extra weight.
Should you decide that you want a sinker we recommend the Bullet Weights Egg Sinker – be sure to select the 3oz option.
- Can easily attach a fish finder.
- 80lb leader line w/130lb barrel swivel.
- Large 7/0 circle hook.
- Doesn’t include either the fish finder or a sinker.
How to Make a Fishing Rig for Red & Black Drum
Below is an excellent deep-water rig that is designed specifically to catch both black and red drum. For bait, we recommend using either live shrimp, Atlantic croaker or small finger mullet.
- Available in either 547 or 1097 yards.
- Select the 30lb size.
- Sold in 50 yard increments.
- Be sure to select the 30lb.
- Select the 3oz option.
- Comes with 100 beads.
- Choose the red beads.
- Select the 5-6mm size.
- Sold in a pack of 40.
- Be sure to select size 2/0.
Tying a Rig for Red & Black Drum
- Pull the sinker and red bead through on your main line.
- Tie the end of your main line to the barrel swivel using a palomar knot.
- Cut 36 inches of your leader line and tie it to the other side of your barrel swivel.
- Tie your 2/0 circle hook to the other end of your leader line.
It’s okay to let the red bead and sinker slide up and down your main line as the bumping will help attract drum. This is a very simple rig to tie and should work well in deeper waters where both red and black drum are more likely to congregate. Casting this rig isn’t necessary, you can simply drop the line and let the sinker drag it down.
We strongly recommend you use live shrimp as bait as both red and black drum go crazy for it.