Fresh Live Shrimp,
Shrimp, Squid, Sardines, Mullet,
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
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.
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.