HE SNARED A DRUM
I caught this guy in the Indian River Lagoon near Fort Pierce, Florida, while fishing for live baits. I’m guessing it’s a silver seatrout or a white perch. What does the expert say?
Capt. Tim Simos Bluewater Inshore Guide Service Fort Pierce, Florida
Nice photo, as usual, Tim. Your catch is a silver perch, Bairdiella chrysoura. This member of the drum family ranges from New York to South Florida, as well as portions of the Gulf of Mexico south to Mexico. It’s commonly found in coastal areas over sandy, muddy and grassy bottoms, and is even known to enter fresh water. Most commonly used as bait, silver perch are purportedly excellent eating. However, their small size — usually well under 12 inches — prevents a single individual from providing much in the way of nourishment!