red drum


: a large coppery drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) chiefly of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast of North America that has a black spot at the base of the tail and is an important game and food fish

called also channel bass, redfish

Examples of red drum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sunshine State also maintains a separate fly fishing category for red drum and other saltwater species. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 4 Apr. 2024 Sitting behind a red drum kit with his name printed on the front, the toddler wears black headphones and bangs out a drum solo, impressively keeping time with the song while his dad sits on a couch nearby, watching proudly. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 More telling is the historic northern population of red drum, also known as redfish. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 20 Sep. 2023 The High-Low Surf Fishing Rig Although the high-low rig can be used for larger targets like bluefish, striped bass, and red drum, it’s typically reserved for smaller fish like croakers, seatrout, flounder, and pompano. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023 Important game fish, such as red drum, bass and speckled trout, are also expected to flock to the location once the reefs are settled and thriving. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 26 Oct. 2023 The marshy coastline is treasured by duck hunters and inshore fishermen, many of whom were shocked to see the large number of dead redfish (also known as red drum) that washed ashore. Outdoor Life, 21 Sep. 2023 The wooden structure is 600 feet long and draws anglers fishing for red drum. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 14 Apr. 2023 That red drum recapture rate is extremely high. Frank Sargeant, al, 6 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red drum was in 1709

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“Red drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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