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#11130248 - 09/27/15 08:03 AM Drum any good
Luke57 Online   content
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1714
Loc: Aledo Tx
Been fishin Ray Roberts this week and catchin a lot of drum while sand bass fishin some of them are huge are they good to eat and if so what's a good way to prepare em
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#11130375 - 09/27/15 09:43 AM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
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Registered: 06/20/02
Posts: 3138
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
They eat better than sand bass. You can bake, fry, steam, or grill drum just like any other fish.
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#11131015 - 09/27/15 02:04 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
Elly Mae Offline

Registered: 02/09/14
Posts: 113
Loc: Aledo, Texas
Thank u for the info, nice to know.

#11131468 - 09/27/15 06:25 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
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#11132279 - 09/28/15 09:00 AM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
79scooter Offline
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Registered: 06/09/11
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Loc: Saginaw Tx
they are good to eat, white meat. I dont eat the biggest of drum, as they tend to have parasites. I clean the 2-5 pounders.
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#11132451 - 09/28/15 10:28 AM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
fastpitch Offline
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Loc: Trinity Bay
The are okay grilled with lots of seasonings. Don't recommend frying them at all. Meat has grayish tint to it, like a Kingfish and tastes about the same (not that great).
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#11140329 - 10/01/15 08:29 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
Elly Mae Offline

Registered: 02/09/14
Posts: 113
Loc: Aledo, Texas
Good to know when that's all we can catch for sure, but hopefully next years fishing will fill our freezer even more & we won't have to think twice about it. Right now is pretty good but we sure cot a lot of those fighting fish!

#11140419 - 10/01/15 09:04 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
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Loc: Denton County
Fillet them removing all dark red meat along the lateral line. Freshwater drum are like Redfish, the drum's saltwater cousin.

#11140422 - 10/01/15 09:06 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
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Cut the skull open and get the rocks too

#11143134 - 10/03/15 01:27 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
Fishbonz Offline
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Registered: 12/30/08
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Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Excellent table fare thumbsome folks just don`t know what to do with em . 2cents

Edited by Fishbonz (10/03/15 01:29 PM)

#11189282 - 10/27/15 10:21 AM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
JayRBV Offline

Registered: 01/24/12
Posts: 112
Loc: West Lake Hills, TX
Soak cedar plank while filleting fish
Season fish
Lightly oil plank
Put fish on plank
Grill till done
Throw away fish
Eat the plank!!

#11434876 - 02/23/16 09:17 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
swarner Offline

Registered: 03/25/12
Posts: 106
Don't like them. But that's just me.

#11607286 - 05/16/16 11:01 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
Thunk Offline

Registered: 11/12/14
Posts: 198
Loc: Granbury, Tx.
They are great and are like red drum just not as thick a texture. Anything under 5-6 pounds is a better fish. Baked, fried, Sauteed. Chowder. It a quality fish, most don't eat but they feed on crustaceans, small fish, etc. Quality table fare.

#11607659 - 05/17/16 08:31 AM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 7031
Loc: texas
Op should stop reading after the first reply. There is nothing wrong with them at all. They are just like any other good eating fresh water fish. They bake/fry/grill just fine. Keep the fish fresh (alive or iced) clean it good remove red meat like you would any other fish and you wont know the difference.

Whoever said the meat is gray is either color blind, never looked at one, or they got something on the meat.

#11868112 - 10/06/16 04:04 PM Re: Drum any good [Re: Luke57]
Lloyd5 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 557
Loc: Bosque County, Texas

A fish stew made with the goo fish. The goo fish is the nickname for a freshwater drum; known as a gaspergou or sheepshead. This fish is similar to carp.


6 lbs goo fish, cut in large pieces
1/4 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch parsley, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
2 tbsp flour
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 lemon slices
1 large bunch green onions, chopped
1 1/2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce

Select a large, heavy pot with handles that you can handle well enough to shake, as you never stir the fish while it's cooking.

Rub the pieces of fish with a mixture of salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. You can use Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning in place of the salt, black pepper and cayenne. Pour oil in the unheated pot. Arrange half of the fish on the bottom.

Mix the chopped vegetables and sprinkle half over fish. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour over the vegetables and half of the tomato sauce and then repeat layers. Add the lemon and 1/4 cup water.

Set pot over a low heat and cook slowly for one hour or until fish is tender.

Shake pot often to keep from sticking. Never stir as this will break up the fish. When tender, taste for seasoning and add more if necessary.
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