Black Drum

The largest member of the drum family, the Black Drum, though sometimes found offshore, are typically inshore fish that are commonly found in lagoons bays, and oyster beds.  They are bottom dwelling fish that feed on crabs, shrimp, mussels, the occasional fish and of course, oysters.  Their bodies are usually gray or black as adults and as youngsters have 4 to 6 vertical black bars.  They have a high arched backs and 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels and large scales.  Their cobblestone-like teeth are perfectly suited to crushing open oyster shells.  Black Drums spawn nearshore in the winter and early spring and can live 35 plus years. 

 

Method of Fishing - Trolling

Tackle - 20 lb class boat rod with a 4/0 baitcaster, 20 lb nylon or Dacron line, a trolling weight, a wire terminal leader, and hooks from 4/0 to 6/0.

Bait - Plugs or baitfish