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redfish

Redfish

Sciaenops ocellatus

Other Local Names: Red drum.

Description: Chin without barbels; copper-bronze body, lighter shade in clear waters; one to many spots at base of tail (rarely no spots); mouth horizontal and opening downward; scales large.

Similar Fish: Black drum, Pogonias cromis.

Where Found: Juveniles are an inshore fish, migrating out of the estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the spawning population offshore.

Size: Common to 20 pounds.

Remarks: Red drum are an inshore species until they attain roughly 30 inches (4 years), then migrate to join the nearshore population; spawning occurs from August to November in nearshore waters; feeds on crustaceans, fish, and mollusks; longevity to 20 years or more.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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