Black Drum

Black Drum

Pogonias cromis
Drum, Striped Drum

Life History:


Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: High arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels; deep bronze or dusky black colored body in adults; juveniles have 4 to 6 vertical black stripes on dusky white background; has cobblestone-like teeth capable of crushing oysters; scales are large.

Size: Commonly around 30 pounds

Age at Maturity:


Range:New York down to the Florida Keys, sometimes found as far north as Maine.

Habitat:Inshore fish, common to bays and lagoons; bottom dweller often found around oyster beds. Found usually over sand and sandy mud bottoms in coastal waters, especially in areas with large river runoffs. Juveniles often enter estuaries. Adults also found offshore.

Angling Information:


Bait and Tackle:Saltwater boat rods usually used but a lighter rod can also be used with experience. Small whole crabs or pieces of larger crabs, shrimp, fish or squid all make good bait. Artificial lures are not likely to work inshore.

Fishing Method:Still fishing, casting

Food Value: Smaller fish (under 8 pounds) are tasty, but larger fish become rough and unappetizing.

State Regulation:


Daily Limit: 15

Minimum size: 14" TL

Federal Regulation:

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