HE SNARED A DRUM

Sport Fishing - - FISH FACTS - — Ray Waldner

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!

Sil­ver perch

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