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Fish of the Week
Copper-bronze body, lighter shade in clear waters
Mouth horizontal and opening downward
One to many spots at base of tail (rarely no spots)
Similar Fish: Black Drum, Pogonias cromis.
Size: Common to 20 pounds.
Habitat: Juveniles are an inshore fish, migrating out of the estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the spawning population offshore.
Notes: Spawning occurs from August to November in nearshore waters. Feeds on crustaceans, fish, and mollusks. Longevity to 20 years or more.
Art © Diane Rome Peebles
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Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries
Other Marine Fisheries Information