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Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Ladyfish most often are found along beaches but can stray into brackish waters or offshore.

They feed predominantly on small fishes but will also eat shrimps, and crabs.
General Description
Ladyfish are fine scaled and slender.

They are silvery blue on top with silver sides.
Did You Know?
When Ladyfish first hatch they do not forage, but instead absorb nutrients directly from the water like a sponge.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Ladyfish are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be caught with numerous artificial lures as well as cut pieces of fish, shrimp, or squid strips on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Ladyfish are caught by anglers in the range of 1 to 2 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Ladyfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Ladyfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.