Red Drum are typically a reddish color on their back which fades to white on their belly. Close to the tail is an eyespot. A fish without a eyespot is extremely rare. Some Red Drum will have multiple eyespots but as they age they typically lose their multiple spots. They are a streamlined fish which makes them a terrific fighter when hooked.
Fish under 3 years in age are typically 6 to 8 pounds and are about 2 feet in length. Once a Red Drum gets over 27 inches in length they are called "bull reds". The largest Red Drum ever caught was 94 pounds.
The Black Drum is the Red Drum's closest relative. Both of these fish will make a drumming sound when they get distressed, that is why they call them Drums