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Pinfish

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
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Pinfish are a schooling fish that are commonly found in shallow nearshore waters with some type of cover.

They feed on various plants and small animals on the bottom, usually around rocks and on pilings.
General Description
The Pinfish is greenish-silver fading to silver below.

They have many narrow horizontal yellow lines and dim vertical bars (stripes).

There is a dark patch just behind the gill cover.
Did You Know?
Pinfish have sharp spines (like pins) on the dorsal and anal fins which give this fish its name.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
For Pinfish, think light and small. Light spinning outfits with small bits of cut shrimp or fish on tiny hooks should be employed near some type of cover.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Pinfish are caught by anglers in the range of 3 to 6 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Pinfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Pinfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.