The annual black drum run is beginning to become a focal point in the Galveston fishing community, as the Rusty Hook Fishing Club announced its 31st annual Black Drum Fishing Tournament.

The event will be held March 16, 17 and 18, and March 23, 24 and 25 at the Rusty Hook Club trailer next to Boyd’s One Stop Bait Camp near the Texas City Dike.

This is a special two weekend event. The tourney gets underway Friday, March 16 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m.

The first place prize will be 50 percent of the total entry fees and a beautiful plaque. The second place will take home 15 percent and a plaque, and third place 10 percent and a plaque, all money divided after expenses. The two heaviest legal black drum entered will determine the winners.

There will be a bonus $50 daily prize for the heaviest fish weighed in each day (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

There will be a bonus $50 drawing Sunday taken from all ticket holders, and the door prize drawing will be Sunday at 3 p.m. (you must be present to win).

The entry fee is $30, with the registration form available at Boyd’s One Stop and online at

Weigh station hours at the Rusty Hook Fishing Club trailer next to Boyd’s One Stop are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

More information and the official rules can be found at or by calling the Tournament Director Michael at 832-771-7298.

The Turning Point Black Drum Fishing Tournament also takes place during that same time period. We will have more on that event in a future Reel Report.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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