Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing!
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Fish of the Week - Black Drum
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 cobblestone-like teeth capable of crushing oysters
Similar Fish: Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus. Vertical bars on juvenile black drum are somewhat similar to those on sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus; and spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber.
Size: Common to 30 pounds.
Habitat: Inshore fish common to bays and lagoons. Bottom dweller often found around oyster beds; also offshore.
Notes: 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.
Art by Diane Rome Peebles
From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.
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