A name for a large family of fish, as well as of several members of that family. A large subclass of drums is the croaker. The name arises from a strange drumming or deep croaking noise they make, chiefly during breeding season. Carnivorous, spiny-finned fish, the drum are found in both the Atlantic and Pacific, with one, the freshwater drum, found in mid-North American freshwater. The drum have a firm, low fat flesh. Croakers, the smallest of the drum family, average only a pound and are usually sold whole.
Other drum weigh up to 30 pounds and can generally be found in fillets and steaks. Some of the drum family include the Atlantic croaker, common or black drum, hardhead, kingfish, red drum, redfish, spot, spot-fin croaker, weakfish, white seabass and whiting.