Locals caught some more of those unusual red drum last week in Barnegat Bay. Four from 18 to 21 inches were hooked one day along with school stripers. The legal size for red drum in N.J. is between 18 and 27 inches. While Red Drum fish are found all along the coast, they rarely venture into Barnegat Bay. The NJ Record for a Red Drum is 55 lbs caught in Great Bay, just south of Barnegat Bay.
Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spot-tail, red bass or reds. Red drum are named after the "drumming" sound the make during spawning and when taken out of the water. The sound is produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder. Red drum inhabit the near-shore and offshore waters along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West. Juvenile red drum inhabit rivers, bays, canals, tidal creeks, and passes in estuaries for up to four years, after which they usually move to near-shore or open ocean waters as adults. The world record red drum was caught off North Carolina waters in 1984 and it weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces. Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for red drum. They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish and killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians. Redfish make great table fare.
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