Black Drum | Sw. Florida Waters
Appearance: High arched back, 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels. Gray or black colored body in adults with the young have 4 to 6 vertical black bars.Cobblestone-like teeth are capable of crushing oysters &Large scales
Habitat: Black drum are an inshore fish common to bays and lagoons. They are bottom dwellers and often found around oyster beds. Black drum may also be found offshore.
Behavior: The largest member of the drum family, black drum spawn near-shore in the winter and early spring. They feed on oysters, mussels, crabs, shrimp and occasionally fish. Black drum may live to 35 or more years.
Fishing Tips and Facts: The vertical bars on juvenile black drum,Sciaenops ocellatus, are somewhat similar to those on sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus and spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber.
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