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Spottail Pinfish

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Spottail Pinfish prefer shallow coastal areas especially bays with docks, bridges, and rocks.

They feed on small fishes, shrimps, and plants.
General Description
The Spottail Pinfish is more round than the pinfish in overall shape.

The color is brown to gray above shading to silvery below.

It has a large black patch in front of the tail.
Did You Know?
Spottail Pinfish have small mouths with extremely strong flat teeth.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
For Spottail Pinfish, think light and small. Light spinning outfits with small bits of blood worm, shrimp, or squid on tiny hooks should be employed near some type of cover.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Spottail Pinfish are caught by anglers in the range of 6 to 8 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Spottail Pinfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Spottail Pinfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.