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Hunting, shooting, fishing for Drum

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Mullusk, crab and shrimp patterns get the saltwater drum, black, red and weakfish attacking hooks and getting caught by anglers all across the eastern coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Black, red and weakfish look opportunistically for worms bouncing off the bottom. They stay fairly low, so get your jig, lure or bait all the way down to their feeding zone.

They will be found around rocky shoreline, piers, oil rigs and coastal reefs. Black drum will be deeper than reds, which can be found in shallower jetties, inlets and highly vegetative reefs. Both however will occupy the same bodies of water, blacks will try to shake you off in deep, ground level water columns while the red will bolt, darting in different directions when hooked. Also native to North and South America is the freshwater drum.

Smaller than their sea world relatives, freshwater drums, also referred to as sheepshead, are also a favourite gamefish to go for with a weighted, bottom-feeder approach, using minnows, nightcrawlers and mealworms to attract the bulky big fish. Drum are a great sportfish to go for.

Try going with spearfishing or with a fly rod; you will be hooked!

Basic Info

Varieties: Black Drum, Red Drum, Freshwater Drum, Weakfish

Scientific name: Sciaenidae

Size: max. length 80 cm

Weight: 2 – 14 kg

Lifespan: 40 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean - Worldwide