Red Drum at a Glance
; A.K.A.: Red drum are also known as “redfish,” “channel bass,”
“spottail bass,” or “reds.” After red drum reach a length over
27 inches, they are called “red bulls.”
; APPEARANCE: Red drum are coppery to golden-rose in color
and have a black spot on the tail that mimics an eyeball to
; SIZE: Red drum can reach 5 feet in length and weight up to
; GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Red drum can be found along the
Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.
; DIET: Red drum feed on crabs, shrimp, and sand dollars. In
the spring and summer, they primarily eat menhaden, mullet,
spot, Atlantic croaker, and flounder.
SOURCE: MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Record-breaking numbers of red drum were reported in the
Chesapeake Bay in 2012. The drum boom may have been caused
by unusual weather conditions and may have contributed to a
decline in blue crabs, which drum love to eat.