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Shortfin mako Shark

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round

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 https://hmspermits.noaa.gov or call toll free (888) 872-8862 for specific information and permits.
Size Limit
54 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
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Shortfin Mako Shark is an oceanic species that prefers deep, wide open waters.

They feed primarily on fishes.
General Description
The snout of the Shortfin Mako Shark is bluntly pointed with large black eyes.

They are a brilliant metallic blue on top and white underneath.

The line between blue and white on the body is distinct.
Did You Know?
The Shortfin Mako Shark is the fastest shark, capable of attaining speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, and can leap skillfully out of the water.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Whole bluefish or mackerel are excellent baits for catching Shortfin Mako Sharks.

To draw sharks in, chumming is almost a necessity. They will also hit whole squid or mackerel while trolling.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Shortfin Mako Sharks average between 135 and 300 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
Delaware State Record
975 pounds
Thomas Barnes
2000