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Pigfish

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Pigfish prefer shallow coastal waters with sand or mud bottoms.

They feed on small fishes and shrimps.
General Description
Pigfish are gray to blue on the back. Their sides are light tan or whitish with orange lines and diagonal bars (stripes).

The back is elevated and it has a long, tapered snout.
Did You Know?
Their common name, “Pigfish,” probably comes from the grunting noises they make when being caught by an angler.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Pigfish are caught with light spinning gear using cut bait or shrimp on small hooks.

They will also take small jigs or small plugs.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Pigfish are caught by anglers in the range of 6 to 12 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Pigfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Pigfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.