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Sea Bream

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
Sea Bream are an ocean-going fish commonly found around jetties, rocky areas of the surf, and shorelines.

They feed on small marine worms, shrimps, and amphipods (small shrimp like creatures) as well as plants.
General Description
Sea Bream are silvery in color with several horizontal blue streaks, mixed with gold or yellow with dark spot just behind the gill plate.
Did You Know?
Young Sea Bream have vertical crossbars (stripes) similar to the sheepshead, but they disappear with age.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
For Sea Bream, think light and small. Light spinning outfits with bits of shrimp, squid or clam on tiny hooks should be employed near some type of cover.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Sea Bream are caught by anglers in the range of 8 to 12 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Sea Bream are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Sea Bream are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.