Black drum

The Black Drum or Pogonias cromis is also commonly known as drum or drummer fish. Black Drum can grow up to 14 kilos and range between 2 to 14 kilos (most specimens). The Drummer fish is similar to the red drum and is the largest and heaviest of all the drum family.

You would to amazed to know that the most prominent and heaviest Black Drum ever caught was over 51 kilos! If you ever come across such huge Drummers, it is recommended that it be released.


Black Drum fish is often silver/grey or black in color with dark stripes all over the body. These fish have powerful jaws with rounded teeth that can crush tough sea creatures like oysters and shellfish!

Black Drums look similar to their cousin, the red drum. But one can quickly identify a Black Drum with its dark stripes and flat belly!

Habitat and Lifestyle

Black Drum is usually found in brackish waters, and they also dwell in clear waters like sand flats and shallow water bodies. However, large Black Drums or older drums can commonly be found in saltier water bodies. These strong-jawed drummers thrive in warm shallow flats during summers and even during winter, and these fish survive better than the rest of the fish.

Adult Black Drum feed on crabs, mollusks, etc., while young drums feed on worms and small fishes, and baby Black Drums or drum larvae feed on planktons.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

There is no need for boats or other expensive equipment to catch a Black Drum. One can fish a Black Drum from the seashore or bank with a rod and reel and bait!

Peak Season

The Peak season when you can catch lots of Black Drum is from February to March, which is also the spawning season.

Best Bait

These are the best baits to catch Black Drum.

  • Crabs
  • Clams
  • Mussels
  • Shrimp