to kill or not to kill
thanks for all the replys guys.good to hear that they occupy a majority of our south shore areas.i don't agree with the kill'em all(awesome metallica album)theory.yes they may have an enviromental impact but so do we,and i cant start eliminating souls just cause of there existance and nature,altho it does seem justified at times,lol.i keep what i can use and thats the way it should be.i practice c&r but food for the table first.and i still stand behind keeping a badly hooked(gut usually)fish thats going to die.and yes i have been boarded by our local marine law enforcement agents and it was quite obvious with the size of the keeper fish compared to the one fish that was illegal.i explained and was given a finger waving
and a verbal warning.the officer used his discretion and they were on their way,no ticket.but back to the beat of my drum.i really want to hook up with a brute this year.i've been researching online the migration,habitat,and habits of these reel screamers.if anyony else is interested in putting in a day of drum searching please im me.
Family: Sciaenidae / Drums A large family of medium-sized, shallow-water fishes found in marine waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Predaceous and bottom-feeding fishes living in shallow water over continental shelves. Many equipped with strong pharyngeal or throat teeth, used for crushing mollusks and crustaceans. Many important food fishes. Common names croakers or drums arise from their ability to produce sound using the swim bladder as a resonating chamber. 50 genera with about 210 species.
Black drum occur in coastal waters and estuaries from Massachusetts to Argentina, but are uncommon north of Delaware Bay. Adult black drum enter the Chesapeake Bay in mid- to late April and concentrate just north of the bay mouth. Here spawning begins, and continues through early June. After spawning, adult black drum disperse throughout the bay until they begin a southward migration in the fall. While in the bay, black drum feed on an array of bottom-dwelling prey including clams, oysters, mussels, and crabs.
Black drum are long-lived, with fish from 7 to 57 years old being recorded from among the bay?s spawning population.
Black drum Fishing Records
State Weight Location Angler Date
Delaware 115 lb. 0 oz. Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay Kenneth H. Smith 5/20/78
Louisiana 77 lb. 0 oz. Gulf of Mexico Timmy Darcey 4/1/75
Maryland 103 lb. 8 oz. Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Buoy #16 Robert Messik, Jr. 9/23/73
New Jersey 105 lb. 0 oz. Atlantic Ocean, Slaughter's Beach George Newett 1995
South Carolina 89 lb. 0 oz. Atlantic Ocean, Port Royal W. P. Buquet 1978
Texas 81 lb. 0 oz. Gulf of Mexico Wally Escobar Jr.