Red Drum or more commonly called red fish live in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The Drum family contains more than 200 different species. The red fish has a reddish coloration to it as the name suggest and usually at least one dark spot at the base of the tail. It is very rare for them to have no dark spots at the base of their tails, but more than one is not out of the norm. The adults are usually less than 40 pounds but can get bigger.

They feed on the bottom and love crustaceans and mollusks but also feed on small fish such as mullets. Shallow water near structures and around grassy cover offers a great habitat, since that is where the small crustaceans and mollusks will seek protection from predators. This same shallow water also works as a sort of protection for the red fish. Where any motion or sound from above is more easily detected, making fishing for them a challenge. At times they swim in such shallow water that their backs will be out of the water.

When the tide comes in it brings with it food plenty of food for them. On the flip side, when the tide goes out the best place to find them is in channels and deeper areas where the tide is taking the feed back out. When the red drum reaches sexual maturity at about three to four years the male will attract females by vibrating a muscle in their swim bladder making a drum like sound. Their spawning season is from August to October and occurs on the shoreline where the eggs incubate in shallow water for 24 hours.

If you are fishing for red fish they will hit on almost any bait either live or artificial, that makes them a fairly popular sport fish. It is said that they will put up a bit of a fight when hooked. Once caught it is important to know that there are several different ways of cooking them. They are good cooked on the grill with a western flair for flavor or even the spicy southern cooking of Louisiana.