by On The Water Magazine


Roughly 2 miles Northeast of Brandywine Shoal Light, on the New Jersey side of the bay, Tussey’s Slough is a narrow channel with depths of 20 to 25 feet surrounded on either side by depths of 12 to 18 feet.


Black drum, which range from 20 to nearly 100 pounds move into Delaware Bay each spring to feed and spawn. The drum use sloughs, like Tussey’s, as routes into the bay, staying in the deeper water on their way to the areas where they spawn.


The most popular method in Tussey’s is to anchor up and fish fresh surf clams, cracking some and tossing them over the side to bring in and hold the drum. When the fish are in thick and preparing to spawn, you can hear them booming through the hull of the boat. However, many fishermen believe that when the drum are booming, they are less likely to bite as they are more interested in spawning than feeding.



Some years, stripers will fill into Tussey’s in the spring or fall. Once again, anchoring up is the best approach, but when targeting stripers, fresh chunked bunker often out-produces clams.



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