RECENT CATCH INFO: Fish landed @ Wanchese, NC
Catch Method: haul net
Black drum are large, long-lived members of the drum family (Sciaenidae), reaching over 1 meter (3.3 ft) in length and weighing over 50 kg (110 lbs). They are one of only four members of this family that possess chin barbels set in pairs. Black drum, as their name suggests, are dark in color with a silvery luster. Their body shape is characteristic in that their back is distinctly elevated. When young, they possess four to five dark vertical bars that fade and eventually disappear as the animal grows.
Black Drum have a mild, sweet flavor with firm, white flesh and large, moist flakes. It is comparable to Red Snapper and cooks up to pure white. Both Red Drum & Black Drum have similar flavors, but Black Drum has a coarser, meater flesh. The smaller fish of both species tend to be sweeter and flakier. (Chef-Resources.com)
Blackened Redfish (works w/ Black Drum too)