Latin Name: Sciaenops
General Size: 25"
The Red Drum can be found in the well-represented drum
family, the Sciaenidae. This species is a definite must
for inshore fishermen looking for a fight. The Red Drum
is often found by shallow water fishermen in flats boats.
Fishermen will find Red drum in such extreme shallows
so extreme that their backs and tails will often break
the surface. In the sandy and muddy shallows Red Drum
are looking for crustaceans and mollusks which they
crush with powerful jaws in their throat called the
pharyngeal jaws. During mating season this species earns
its name by producing a “drumming” sound when specific
muscles work in concert with its swim bladder. The Red
Drum can reach and exceed 40 inches in length and weigh
over 40 pounds.
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