Know Your Fish >
Pogonias cromis Family Sciaenidae, DRUMS
high arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels; gray or black colored body in adults; young have 4 to 6 vertical bars; has cobblestonelike teeth capable of crushing oysters; scales large.
Similar fish: red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus; the vertical bars on juvenile black drum are somewhat similar to those on sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus; and spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber.
Normally found: INSHORE fish common to bays and lagoons; bottom dweller often found around oyster beds; also OFFSHORE.
Size: common to 30 pounds.
Remarks: largest member of the drum family; spawns nearshore in winter and early spring; feeds on oysters, mussels,
oysters, crabs, shrimp, and occasionally fish; longevity to 35 or more years.
Florida record: 96 lb
Fernandina Beach April 12, 2001
James E. Cartwright
Return to Fish