Smoothhound (Smooth Dogfish)
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Day, and Inland Bays
Smoothhounds are a common resident on continental shelves, bays, and other inshore waters, preferring shallow waters of less than 60 feet deep.
A scavenger and opportunistic predator, they feed on lobsters, crabs, shrimps, small fishes, and squids.
Smoothhounds are slender with a tapering, blunt snout.
The upper sides vary from gray to brown with the underside a yellowish gray to white.
Their eyes are large, oval-shaped and catlike.
They have two large spineless dorsal fins with the first dorsal fin slightly larger than the second. The upper lobe of tail has a deep notch near the tip.
Their teeth are pavement-like and non-cutting.
The smoothhound poses no threat to humans due to its small size and small blunt, pavement-like teeth.
Often despised by fisherman, smoothhounds are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.
There is hardly any bait a smoothhound won't bite. They can be caught with strips of squid, cut pieces of fish, or pieces of peeler crab on bottom rigs.
Smoothhounds are commonly caught in the range of 24 to 36 inches by Delaware anglers.
Smoothhounds are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Smoothhounds are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.