Black Drum (Pogonias cromis )

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Black Drum   (Pogonias cromis )

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Black drum are bronze, grayish, copper back fading to a light colored belly.  Puppy drum (juveniles) have vertical dark stripes they are similar to sheepshead, and these stripes fade in adults.  Their high arched back gives them an appearance of having a hump.  Their teeth are rounded and they have powerful jaws (with crusher plates) capable of crushing oysters. clams, and other shellfish.  Their size can range upwards of 100 pounds, but the adults will average in the 70 pound range.  They have 10 to 14 barbels under the chin,  The caudal fin . . .

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