Drum Tag Recaptures
We all know that red drum grow pretty fast until they get about 40 inches long, then their growth rate slows dramatically. Take a look at a couple of the tag returns that I got from last year, demonstrating just how slow those big fish grow once they reach adulthood:
Measured in fork length:
Sept. 24, 2005 I tagged a 39 inch red drum on Gumthicket Shoal.
Almost 8 years later, on Sept. 7, 2013, I recaptured and retagged the same fish at the mouth of the Neuse River, it had grown a whopping 1 1/2 inches in 8 years and was then 40 1/2 inches.
On Aug. 23, 2012 I tagged a 45 1/2 inch red drum on Gumthicket Shoal, recapturing and retagging that same fish a little over a year later on Sept. 20, 2013 at the mouth of the Neuse River. It showed no measurable growth in the one year that had lapsed.