red drum

noun

Definition of 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 main reason the COVID-19 crisis isn’t expected to cause significant cuts in saltwater production hinges on spawning techniques used with red drum and spotted sea trout. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Not a typical spring season," 9 May 2020 Studies of the economically valuable spotted seatrout and red drum found that fish in oiled areas showed reduced reproduction, and that even years after the spill, oil remaining in the environment is still toxic to fish larvae. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020 The water quality improvement along with a gill net ban has contributed to the recovery of several fish species including striped mullet, red drum and spotted sea trout. Washington Post, "Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution," 23 Dec. 2019 The water quality improvement along with a gill net ban has contributed to the recovery of several fish species including striped mullet, red drum and spotted sea trout. Washington Post, "Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution," 23 Dec. 2019 Researchers found similar results with adult red drum, where the circle hook performed better than the J hook. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 The water quality improvement along with a gill net ban has contributed to the recovery of several fish species including striped mullet, red drum and spotted sea trout. Washington Post, "Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution," 23 Dec. 2019 The water quality improvement along with a gill net ban has contributed to the recovery of several fish species including striped mullet, red drum and spotted sea trout. Washington Post, "Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution," 23 Dec. 2019 Due to their range and abundance, blue crabs are the most common live bait crab and are used for a wide variety of gamefish, including tarpon, permit, cobia, red drum, and more. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of red drum

1709, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2020

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“Red drum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20drum. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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