–Black Drum are gray or black colored with a high arched back with slightly angled verticle light black stripes. They lack the spot on the tail which the Red Drum has.
The common name “Drum fish” comes from their ability to make a drumming sound during courtship or when pulled from the water. They do this by rubbing special muscles against an air bladder thus producing the drum-like sound.
While some prefer flounder, red drum, snapper, or some more glamorous fish, many anglers maintain that black drum less than five pounds, cleaned and prepared properly, may be better than many of these so-called “choice” fish. Black Drum Fish have a mild, sweet flavor with firm flesh and large, moist flakes that cooks up white. It is comparable to Red Snapper.
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Notes from our buyer
Pacific Ocean Fish
We are bringing in several different fish from the Pacific Ocean. Baja Rock Crab Claws, Gold Spot Seabass, Vermillion Rock Cod, Baja Sculpin, Tarakihi to name a few. Contact your sales rep for pricing and availability.
Soft Shell Crabs
Soft Shells Crabs are available in Live, Dressed, and Frozen. Get with your sales rep for pricing and availability.
We are getting Alaskan Halibut weekly, along with East Coast halibut. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
Mahi prices are still up with very limited availability. We expect Mahi production will continue to be extremely low, and prices high. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
American Red Snapper
New fish just in from Galveston, TX. Whole fish ranging in size from 1-2, 2-4, and 4-8 are available with good availability.
We have Fresh Domestic Crabmeat and Fresh Non Domestic Crab from Mexico & Venezuela. Both have good availability and pricing. Pricing on Fresh Crabmeat is quite attractive compared to pasteurize. Call your sales rep today for more information.
Prices and availability are looking good this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
Arctic Char is a unique strain of saltwater char sustainably farm-raised in Iceland. Often compared to salmon and trout, Arctic Char has a distinct, sweet buttery flavor and firm pink flesh that sets it apart from other fish on the market. We get this in twice a week; ask your sales rep for more info.
East Coast Oysters
We have a great selection of oysters this week. Make sure you are on our East Coast oyster list that we send out every week. We have access to several varieties each week. Chincoteague Salts are a great choice for the month of August.
Oysters out of Galveston Bay are looking good. We offer sacks, standard gallons, and select gallons.
Murder Point Oysters
Murder Point Oysters are out of Porterville Bay in Alabama near what was once called Myrtle Point. Legend has it that a dispute over an oyster lease in the area lead to a fatal fight. In 1927, locals renamed the area Murder Point and the rest is history. Murder Point oysters are the product of an off-bottom, intensive aquaculture. Australian Longline cages are used to grow and nurture Murder Point oysters throughout the growing season. This off-bottom method allows the oysters to move up and down in the water column, allowing them to be flavored by different pressures, temperatures, and food sources.
Redfish & Striped Bass
Extra Jumbo Redfish (3lb and up) have a good availability right now. Jumbo Redfish (2.5-3 lb.) are harder to get due to the warmer weather. Striped Bass is a great option this time of year as well.
Coho salmon is coming in with good pricing and availability. We are able to get Wild Salmon from Resurrection Bay and Yakutat.
North Sea & Canadian prices are holding steady with good availability. Chilean Salmon prices are continuing to come down nicely.
Wild Isles All Natural Salmon
This salmon is raised to E.U. Organic standards, unlike any other farm raised salmon where it is raised in the open ocean of the Shetland Islands, and not in a Loch or Bay like other farms raised salmons. Its certified sustainable aquaculture methods are free from all antibiotics, hormones, & GMO, and its feed is comprised of all organic ingredients and uses no synthetic coloring or pigments added.
U10 Dry Scallop prices are staying down. We expect decent supplies for the coming weeks.
Prices are coming back up. We have great 2+ and #1 fish arriving this week.
Red, black, and yellow edge grouper are available in the market, although limited. Call your sales rep for prices and availability.
Good fishing weather out of Hackberry, LA, has some good landings this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
We currently carry H&G 10-15 kg & H&G 20-30 KG Chilean Seabass. Seabass prices are finally starting to dip slightly.
Swordfish availability and pricing is down with good availability.
Rainbow ‘Green’ and Ruby Trout
Rainbow Trout is continuing to experience a slowdown in production at the farms. Availability is limited, as we are being shorted by the farms. Some of this is due to summer months, along with decrease in egg production. The Ruby Trout farms have also started to see a slowdown due to a decrease in egg production. Frozen trout is another alternative. Get with your sales rep for pricing and availability.
Wild Isles Ocean Trout
The All Natural Ocean Trout (Steelhead) is an amazing sashimi quality ocean trout with a higher fat content then salmon and a great flavor that lends itself to any type of cooking or smoking.