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BLACK DRUM

(Pogonias cromis)


OTHER NAMES:

Drum, Striped Drum.
LOCATION:

Found in surf along Assateague and other barrier islands, deep channels, inlets and other areas around Ocean City and Chincoteague. Like red fish, small Drum feed along sand bars, shorelines and on shallow flats. Bigger fish stick mostly to inside channels and surf.

FEATURES:

Grows to larger size and is darker in color than the Red Drum.

SIZE:

Black Drum over 100 pounds have been caught and specimens weighing 40 to 80 pounds are not rare in areas around Assateague. Smaller ones are called (puppy drum) and generally weigh 1-15 pounds. The world record is 113 pounds. 1 ounce. Black Drum to about 6 or 8 pounds are very tasty, and some say it tastes like chicken.

FISHING :

A strong fighter, and one that many salt water angler's and fishermen along the Chesapeake bay region will remember for many years.

TACKLE:
Strong surf tackle and heavy saltwater boat rods are used when targeting these big fish, but even the larger fish can be caught rather easily on spinning and casting tackle.
BAIT:
The best is often fresh clams or soft crabs. Cut fish or squid can also work at times. Drum are not great lure-chasers but can be taken on slowly presented jigs in deep water.
Black Drum fish

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