Description: 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 openng downward; scales
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
Size: one of 27
inches weighs about 8 pounds.
51 lbs., 8 ozs.
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
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's printed publication,
and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are
provided as only as a benchmark.