Black Drum Fish

Black Drum (Pogonias cromis)

Black Drum

Description: Hhigh arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels; gray or black colored body in adults; young have 4 to 6 vertical bars; has cobblestone-like teeth capable of crushing oysters; scales large.

Similar fish: The vertical bars on juvenile black drum are somewhat similar to those on sheepshead Archosargus probatocephalus; spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber; red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus.

Where found: Iinshore 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 dum family; spawns nearshore in winter and early spring; feeds on oysters, mussels, oysters, crabs, shrimp, and occasionally fish; longevity to 35 or more years. [back to top]

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