Black drum are rarely taken on artificial baits since most feeding is done by feel and smell. An analysis of recreational angling in Biloxi Bay - Large, captive drum were capable of feeding on more than 2 commercial-sized oysters per kilogram of body weight daily Cave and Cake A conventional bottom rig with sinker and one or more drops with single hooks is most common for bank and surf fishing or for fishing from an anchored boat. The third dorsal spine is the longest.
Maximum age is estimated to be 43 years on Florida's Gulf coast, and 58 years on the Atlantic Coast Murphy and Muller
By-county annual and cumulative percentages of the black drum harvest for the years - Maximum age is estimated to be 43 years on Florida's Gulf coast, and 58 years on the Atlantic Coast Murphy and Muller For those unable to catch their own, black drum are harvested commercially from Texas bays throughout the year. When food is plentiful and water conditions acceptable, movements are small, but long migrations in search of food and more desirable habitats have been recorded. This process is called "tailing" and creates small craters in the bottom which anglers call "drum noodles.