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Palometa

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
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
Schools of Palometa are most common in clear water along sandy beaches and bays.

They feed on very small fishes, shrimps, and marine worms.
General Description
Palometa are grayish-blue-green on top with silvery sides that have 4 narrow dark vertical bars (stripes).

They have elongated dorsal and anal fins with a deeply forked tail, all tipped in black.
Did You Know?
If the waves are calm and the water is clear at the beach, sometimes you can see schools of Palometa swimming in very shallow water.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
For Palometa, think light and small. Light spinning outfits with bits of cut shrimp or fish on tiny hooks work well.

They also readily strike small artificial lures.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Palometa caught by anglers weigh less than 1 pound.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Palometa are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Palometa are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.