Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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Captain Scott K. Green
4133 Via Piedra Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
RED DRUM - Sciaenops ocellatus
Family Sciaenidae, DRUMS
Other local names: redfish
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 opening downward; scales large.
Similar fish: black drum, Pogonias cromis.
Where found: juveniles are an INSHORE fish, migrating out of
the estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the spawning population OFFSHORE.
Size: common to 20 pounds.
Remarks: red drum are an INSHORE species until they attain roughly 30 inches (4 years), then migrate to join the
NEARSHORE population; spawning occurs from August to November in NEARSHORE waters; feeds on crustaceans,
fish, and mollusks; longevity to 20 years or more.
Florida record: 51 lbs., 8 ozs.