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Scup

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
8 inch minimum (total length)

Daily Limit / Person
50


Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common north of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Scup are found inshore during the spring and summer months, while migrating to much deeper waters in the fall and winter.

Scup prefer sandy bottoms often with structured habitats such as artificial reefs or rough bottoms.

They feed on small shrimps, marine worms, and squids.
General Description
The Scup is a medium-sized fish with a deep, vertically compressed body.

It is silver with iridescent scales that often reflect the colors of the rainbow.

Scup have small mouths with strong jaws and pointed teeth.
Did You Know?
The Scup has dagger-like spikes on its back fin. If you are lucky enough to catch a Scup, be careful handing the fish.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Scup can be caught jigging small lures, but the overwhelming majority of anglers prefer bait fishing with blood worms, squid strips, and pieces of clams on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Scup caught by anglers are less than 10 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 14 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 12 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 2 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 1.5 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record
5 pounds 5 ounces
Herman Schmidt
1979