if you like to eat white "meat" fish the freshwater drum is a great meal.
They have had a bad rap because of their cousin the black drum. Which indeed is a foul tasting animal.
But our freshwater drum, taste a lot closer to a red fish, which are found all over Texas are not the same beast. They will give up one heck of a fight on a crank bait or worm.
They sure gave about 40 kids the thrill of their lives at the Wood County Kidfish in June when a school of them moved into the SRA pond and the kids starting catching them. Some were pretty big too.
Ok now you have caught one of these brutes and your freezer is nearly empty, no crappie to be found.
Take it home, filet it out and then take the skin off. You will have two very nice white flaky filets. Broil them with a little lemon pepper and you might say it tastes better than the aforementioned crappie. Ah sorry, that is just un Texas to say that. One thing that I do agree is that when they get over 20 lbs they just don't taste as good. But catching a 20 lb drum is fun. fun, fun!
They certainly are not in the same company as carp and buffalo. They give up a good fight and taste a whole lot better than bass. And they also eat zebra mussels. A win win for us.
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