Drum, Red – Redfish

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Drum, Red – Redfish

Avg. Length


Avg. Weight


World Record

94lbs 2oz

FL Record

52lbs 5oz

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Scientific Name

Sciaenops ocellatus

Common Names

Redfish, Red bass, Channel bass, Drum,Spot tail bass, Red horse, School drum, Puppy drum


The Red Drum has a longer body with a downward opening mouth and a snubbed nose. The coloration of this fish ranges from darker shades of red and reddish brown, blending to white on the underside. They also have one or two black dots on or near their tail.

Habitat & Behaviour

The Red Drum only becomes an ocean going fish once it reaches maturity. As such they can be found in brackish water and salt water with bottoms of vegetation, mud or sand. Often they can be found in estuaries, shallow bays and inlets. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the fish the deeper the water. Often Red Drum are spotted on the top of the water with other schools of fish.

Natural Prey

During the warmer months Red Drum are known to subsist on a diet of crustaceans and in the cooler months they subsist primarily on other smaller fish.

Handling Tips

Stick thumb right in corner of mouth, fingers inside gill plate (which can be sharp so be careful), keep thumb in corner – sharp teeth in middle – wouldn't hurt too much but should be held properly.