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Rock Hind

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
The Rock Hind is usually solitary and prefers artificial reefs, wrecks, and other structure in water depths ranging from nearshore to 150 feet.

They feed mostly on crabs but will also eat squids, shrimps, and fishes.
General Description
The Rock Hind is tan and covered in many red or orange spots, with large darker blotches on its upper sides.
Did You Know?
All Rock Hinds begin life as a female; however, some change to males while maturing.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Rock Hinds are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species, such as black sea bass.

They can be caught by drifting and bouncing on the bottom near structure with jigs, or bottom fishing with squid strips or cut pieces of fish.
Typical Sizes Caught
Generally, Rock Hinds are caught by anglers in the range of 1 to 2 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Rock Hinds are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Rock Hinds are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.