Black Drum Fishing Charters in Bonita Springs
Black drum is fun to catch and they are usually the booby prize when looking for their cousin, the red drum. They arenít sleek or pretty but they have their own personality when it comes to fishing for them, as they have a habit of taking your bait then swimming back toward you putting slack on your line and momentarily giving you a ďwhatís up?Ē moment.
|What do Black Drum look like?|
They are a black/gray color with dark stripes that get lighter as they age. They look a little like sheepshead, but they have chin barbells. They have a strong jaw and pharyngeal teeth to crush their preferred food of oysters. Black drum has the ability to produce croaking or drumming sounds with the air bladder, which is the reason for the name
|What other fish are related to Black Drums?|
They are in the croaker family which includes 260 species but directly related to the red drum.
|How big do Black Drum get?|
We usually find them from 14-24Ē
|What is the world record for Black Drum?|
113 lbs. is the world record and in Florida the record is 96 lbs. caught near Fernandina beach.
|What other fish are similar to Black Drum?|
Red drum is similar
|What are the best times to catch Black Drums?|
February to April when they are spawning.
|Where are the best places to catch Black Drum?|
They like bridges, pilings, channels and back bay estuaries.
|What are the best ways to catch Black Drums?|
These fish are a bit sluggish but it can put up a good fight once itís hooked. We find them trolling in the back water or near structures.
|What are the best baits for Black Drums|
Shrimp and crab
|What other types of fish am I likely to catch?|
If you are fishing for Black Drums, then you are also likely to catch red drum
|Are Black Drums good to eat?|
They are good when they are small, as they get bigger they get wormy.
|What is the best way to cook a Black Drum?|
The meat of a Black drum, is as close to steak as a fish can get, so marinate like you would your favorite steak. Really big 30 pound or more black drum may have parasite which look like, little white worms. They are not harmful to humans and do not have any flavor, you cannot taste them, but some people just donít even like the thought.