Black Drum  


Black drums have a heavy, oblong body with an elevated back.They often have 4 or 5 wide vertical black bars set against silver-gray body, though coloration differs based on habitat and age. Possess a blunt nose and whisker-like barbels under their chins.


Black drum prefer sandy or muddy-bottomed waters. Larger drums are often found near oyster reefs. They swim anywhere in the Gulf, from brackish waters to near-offshore waters.

State Record

79.50 pounds, Dylan Gonzales, 2007

Fishing Tips

When fly fishing, try to stick with gold or copper coloring in the summer time, using 2/0 hooks. Clams or crabs make good live bait.