chin without barbels; copper bronze body, lighter shade in
clear waters; one to many spots at base of tail (rarely no
spots); mouth horizontal and opening downward; scales large.
black drum, Pogonias cromis.
juveniles are an INSHORE fish, migrating out of the
estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the
spawning population OFFSHORE.
of 27 inches weighs about 8 pounds.
Record: 51 lbs., 8 ozs.
red drum are an INSHORE species until they attain roughly 30
inches (4 years), then they migrate to join the NEARSHORE
population; spawning occurs from August to November in
NEARSHORE waters; sudden cold snaps may kill red drum in
shallow, INSHORE waters; feeds on crustaceans, fish and
mollusks; longevity to 20 years or more.
Florida records quoted are from the Department of
Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing
Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The
records are provided as only as a benchmark.
Limits: Not less than 18" not more than 27"
Daily Rec. Bag
Limit: 1 per person
Gigging, spearing, and