The drum I spoke of are "Bull Reds" ... the big guys. Others (not me) were getting them in the surf at the point /shoals in Buxton. When we were there the Sound had some small reds ..... but the striper fishing was the best bet. These were not the big winter stripes of Oregon Inlet.... but resident school fish that hang around the bridge pilings. Seems it's all dependent on water temp for what species of fish is around at that time. BTW: lot's of tinker bluefish in the surf... fun on a 4 wt.