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Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Duane Raver, Jr.
January 1 to May 14

July 16 to December 31

All Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) not retained must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.

*Special permit required - All private vessel owners/operators recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Shark Species for personal use in Federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean (3 to 200 miles off shore) must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling Permit.

Consult or call toll free (888) 872-8862 for specific information and permits.
Size Limit
78 inch minimum (measured from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail)
Daily Limit / Person
Boat anglers - only 1 shark of any species per vessel, except 1 additional Bonnethead and 1 additional Atlantic Sharpnose per angler onboard vessels.

Shore anglers - only 1 shark of any species per angler, except 1 additional Bonnethead and one additional Atlantic Sharpnose per shore angler.
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Scalloped Hammerhead Shark prefers deeper waters up to 1600 feet but occasionally is found in waters as shallow as 80 feet.

They feed primarily on fishes, smaller sharks, and rays.
General Description
The Scalloped Hammerhead Shark is distinguished from other hammerheads by a moderately bow-shaped head with an indentation located in the center.

They are brownish-gray to bronze or olive on the top with pale yellow or white underneath.
Did You Know?
The life span of the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark is thought to be over 30 years.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Whole bluefish or mackerel are excellent baits for catching Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks.

To draw sharks in, chumming is almost a necessity.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks range from 100 to 200 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 66 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 56 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 100 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 75 pounds minimum

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Shark" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
Delaware State Record
825 pounds
Brent Thomas

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are eligible for the general "Shark" record, which excludes mako and the protected shark species.

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.