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Tiger Shark

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
January 1 to May 14

July 16 to December 31

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
Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Tiger Shark is a coastal and deep water species.

They commonly feed on sea turtles, rays, other sharks, fishes, sea birds, dolphins, squids, and carrion.
General Description
The Tiger Shark gets its name from dark black spots and vertical bars (stripes) which run the length of the body.

They are a bluish-green to dark gray or black on top with yellowish-white to white underneath.
Did You Know?
Tiger Sharks have a reputation for eating anything. They have been found with all sorts of strange things in their stomachs from clothes to license plates.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Whole bluefish or mackerel are excellent baits for catching Tiger Sharks.

To draw sharks in, chumming is almost a necessity.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Tiger Sharks average between 300 and 800 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 66 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 100 pounds

Tiger Sharks are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament "Shark" citation, but not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
Delaware State Record
825 pounds
Brent Thomas
1981

Tiger Sharks are eligible for the general "Shark" record, but are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.