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Red Drum

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Size Limit
20 to 27 inches (total length) in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Daily Limit / Person
5 in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Red Drum prefer both estuarine and nearshore Atlantic Ocean habitats. They can be found throughout the water column.

Immature Red Drum prefer marshy areas of estuaries.

They feed on crabs, shrimps, and small fishes.
General Description
Red Drum are iridescent silvery-gray overall, with a coppery cast that is usually darker on the back and upper sides.

They have one large black spot near the tail. Having multiple spots is not uncommon but having no spots is extremely rare.
Did You Know?
Smaller Red Drum are known as "Puppy Drum".

The largest Red Drum are referred to as "Bull Reds".
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Red Drum will take a variety of lures including plugs, spoons, and jigs.

Shrimp, small crabs, finger mullet, and cut pieces of fish are excellent natural baits for catching Red Drum.
Typical Sizes Caught
Red Drum are most commonly caught at lengths of less than 25 inches by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 45 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 35 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Not eligible
Delaware State Record
75 pounds
James Vandetti
1976