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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sailor's Choice Or Salt-Water Bream
Nassau Grouper
Great Kingfish
Spanish Mackerel
Pompom Or Cuban Queen
Tripletail Or Chobie
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When your hook is down in Drum territory, you never know whether you'll connect with a three-pounder or one equal to the 146pounder, the largest on authentic records. The largest taken with rod and reel is 90 pounds.

He is one of the few fish able to produce sounds, and when conditions are favorable you can hear his drumming above water at some little distance. He prefers shallow, muddy bays where his shellfish, clam, and crab food abounds. Nevertheless the angler may surprise himself by taking a Drum while surf casting, or may find that one takes the bait he intended for Sheepshead, near a dock or bridge.

The fish is grayish silver with several vertical bars of darker scales. The older the fish the more uniform its color. The fins are nearly black.

He also goes under the name of Big Drum, Black Drum, Butterfish, Drumfish, Gray Drum, Striped Drum, and Sea Drum. His flesh is not delicious, but the food value is fair.

The Drum is an abundant fish caught at all seasons of the year. He favors places that have barnacle-covered piling, such as the bridges and piers, in both river and ocean.

Tackle and methods: A heavy line with 4/0 hooks is best to use. They will take live or dead shrimp, and usually bite best on an incoming tide. They have been known to be present in abundance around the pier, visible from above, but not biting until the tide turned.

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