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    Florida Red Drum Tag Returns






    Summary of Red Drum Tag-Returns by Anglers
    Hatchery red drum that have grown to a length of 7 inches or more may be marked with a
    variety of externally visible streamer tags. These tags can be seen protruding from the back
    near the dorsal fin or the belly behind the left pectoral fin. External tags allow recreational
    anglers to identify a hatchery red drum. Each tag has a unique fish identification number
    and a toll-free Tag Return Hotline phone number imprinted on the streamer. The belly
    streamer tag has a flat base plate that anchors the tag through the body wall and is
    imprinted with the same information as the streamer. Anglers capturing tagged red drum
    can report tag information to stock enhancement scientists. The table below shows the
    number of externally marked fish, the locations of release, and the number of captures
    reported by anglers.

    RELEASE AND CAPTURE INFORMATION FOR HATCHERY RED DRUM
    (longer than 7 inches at release)
    Current through 12/23/04

    Location of Release
    Release Number
    Caught and Reported
    Percent Caught

    Biscayne Bay
    183,291
    766
    0.42%

    North Indian River Lagoon
    5,817
    970
    16.68%

    St. Lucie (South IRL)
    5,542
    587
    10.59%

    Volusia County
    16,283
    546
    3.35%

    Tampa Bay
    26,090
    192
    0.74%


    Hatchery Red Drum Records
    The largest hatchery-produced red drum caught by an angler was 45 inches long. It was
    only 7 inches long when released. The hatchery red drum record for the longest time in the
    wild before being caught is 2,183 days (approximately 6 years). The greatest distance
    traveled by a hatchery fish after release is 220 miles. This fish was released in Card Sound
    (south of Biscayne Bay) and reported caught by the Eau Gallie Causeway in Brevard County.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stock enhancement scientists
    give a special thanks to all the anglers who have assisted in our effort to replenish Florida
    red drum stocks.



    Source - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
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