Occurs statewide but is more common in the upper half of Florida.
Likes sand or shell bottom. It's a regular catch in many surf areas but
also can be caught from sloughs and channels of inside waters,
particularly those with soft bottom.
Similar to the Black Drum in outline, but a much smaller fish. Overall
silvery or gold background with sometimes indistinct wavy lines on upper
sides. Like the Black Drum, it has small barbels on underside of lower
Averages a pound or less, but sometimes reaches 3 pounds, or perhaps
slightly more. World record 3 pounds, 12 ounces.
FLORIDA RECORD: 3 pounds, 12
Small ones make good panfish; some are large enough to provide fillets.
Either way, the flesh is of a mild flavor.
Scrappy on very light tackle but,
unfortunately, many are taken on heavy surf gear. Against a light line,
they run fairly well and can also use the waves to good advantage in the
TACKLE AND BAITS:
Light spinning or bait casting; light surf outfits. Top baits include
live and dead shrimp, sand fleas, fiddler crabs, cut squid, cut fish.
Croakers will also take small jigs. The combination of a little jig with
a bit of shrimp on the hook is deadly.
FISHING TECHNIQUES: Still Fishing.