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Leatherjack

Illustrator
A.H Baldwin, courtesy of NOAA photo libraries
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Leatherjacks are a schooling species sometimes found with other schooling species feeding on small baitfish.

They can be found along coastal waters at moderate depths.

They feed on small fishes, squids, and shrimps.
General Description
Leatherjacks are slivery-green on top with silvery sides and silvery to white underneath with yellow or golden highlights.

The fins and tail are yellowish.
Did You Know?
The spines on the dorsal and anal fins of Leatherjacks are very sharp and can administer very painful puncture wounds so be careful handling one.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Leatherjacks will readily take small jigs and shiny metal lures that resemble small fish when cast or trolled.

They will also take live bait such as shrimp and small fish.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Leatherjacks caught by anglers measure less than 12 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Leatherjacks are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Leatherjacks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.