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Smooth Puffer

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
Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Smooth Puffers inhabit inshore/nearshore areas over sandy or muddy bottoms.

They feed on amphipods (small shrimp like creatures), small mollusks, crustaceans and other invertebrates.
General Description
Smooth Puffers are drab gray to greenish-gray above with a white belly.

They have very small mouths with strong jaws.

Like most puffers, the Smooth Puffer "puffs up" into a ball in self-defense.
Did You Know?
Most puffers are toxic, containing a very potent and potentially deadly neurotoxin that is concentrated in the liver, skin and gonads.

To err on the side of caution, extreme care must be taken when cleaning all puffers. Any fillets that could have been contaminated should be immediately discarded.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Smooth Puffers are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be caught with pieces of squid, shrimp, small live fish, or cut pieces of fish.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Smooth Puffers caught by anglers are around 24 inches in length (4 pounds).
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Smooth Puffers are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Smooth Puffers are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.