Florida Regulations:

    Gear Requirements:
    Legal Gear: hook and line, cast net, seine, spear or gig
    Illegal Gear: Cannot harvest using any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural
    bait; Snatching prohibited

    Habitat and Fishing Tips:

    Black drum are primarily inshore fish and are found throughout the year in river mouths,
    bays and estuaries. They are bottom dwellers and often feed around oyster beds, docks,
    bridge pilings and other structures where their favorite forage species are present. Black
    drum have pharyngeal teeth or teeth in the pharyngeal arch of the throat that are adapted to
    crush hard shelled crustaceans and mollusks. Their favorite foods include crabs, shrimp,
    clams, oysters and small fish. Anglers typically use cut bait, shrimp, sand fleas or blue
    crabs as bait, and it is very important to keep the bait on the bottom where the drum feed.
    Tackle requirements are dependent on the size of fish being targeted, the location and
    current.  Bait-casting or spinning tackle with 15 to 30 pound test line would be suitable for
    most conditions.    

    State Record:  96 lbs, caught near Fernandina Beach

    Florida Rule

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