NICKNAMES Puppy drum, redfish, channel bass, spottail bass
AVAILABLE March through December
LANDED AT Stumpy Point, NC; Wanchese, NC
CATCH METHOD trawl, strike net
A GREAT SOURCE OF omega-3s
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Red drum are beloved across the Southeast as a food fish. The flesh is mildly sweet, with a firm flaky white texture. A popular way to cook this fish is “on the half shell.” Half shell implies a fillet of fish with the skin and scales still attached. By cooking the fish with the scales on, skin side down, the fish retains its moisture and flavor. You can also bake, deep-fry, and blacken red drum.
Deep-fry, Bake, Sautée, Broil