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Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Escolar is a deep bottom dweller found in waters that range from 300 to 3000 foot deep.

It is believed that they feed on fishes, squids, shrimps, and crabs.
General Description
The Escolar varies from black to dark brown.

The eyes are large and there is usually a single pair of fangs in the middle of the top jaw.
Did You Know?
Escolar flesh, if eaten, can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

Italy and Japan have banned the sale of Escolar due to its potential side effects.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Though there are no known recreational anglers targeting Escolar, it is possible that tilefish anglers may hook one using heavy weighted bottom rigs baited with cut pieces of fish or whole squid.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Escolar range between 60 and 80 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Escolar are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Escolar are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.