Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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Captain Scott K. Green
4133 Via Piedra Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
BLACK DRUM - Pogonias cromis
Family Sciaenidae, DRUMS
Description: high arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of
chin barbels; gray or black colored body in adults;
young have 4 to 6 vertical bars; has cobblestonelike
teeth capable of crushing oysters;
Similar fish: red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus; the
vertical bars on juvenile black drum are
somewhat similar to those on sheepshead, Archosargus
probatocephalus; and spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber.
Where found: INSHORE fish common to bays and lagoons; bottom
dweller often found around oyster beds; also OFFSHORE.
Size: common to 30 pounds.
Remarks: largest member of the drum family; spawns nearshore in winter and early spring; feeds on oysters, mussels,
oysters, crabs, shrimp, and occasionally fish; longevity to 35 or more years.
Florida record: 93 lbs.