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Red drum fish

RED DRUM "Redfish"

(Sciaenops ocellatus)

OTHER NAMES:

Channel Bass, Red Bass, Drum.

LOCATION :

Found along Assateague's shoreline while surf fishing during the fall. Also found in bays such as Chincoteague Bay while trolling or casting from the shores of Ocean City. A fish often found near deep channels, anglers that cast along shallow flats or grassy shorelines can experience a strike many times in these areas.

FEATURES:

Usually has a black spot on the tail and is red in over all color.

SIZE:

Range from 2 to 45 pounds mostly. The world record is 94 pounds, 2 ounces. Red Drum are considered a fine trophy fish in many respects. They feed on fish, mollusks and crustaceans and can live 20 years or longer.

FISHING :

Strong running fish after the strike, many surf fishermen watch them peel the line out as they race off the shores of Assateague's pristine coastline.

BAIT :
Red drum love fresh peeler crabs, jigs, and cut bait.

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