Fishing for Red drum

Sciaenops ocellatus
172K logged catches • 1.2M followers

The red drum is a schooling species that inhabits both salt and brackish waters and can tolerate fresh water. It is found in inlets and channels over sandy or muddy bottoms. It is a strong, hard fighter when hooked.

Detailed Information

Fishing forecast


Water type

Saltwater / Mixed

Common length

39 in

Maximum age

50 years

IUCN Status

Least concern

Threat to humans


Source: Fishbase

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