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Weakfish

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
13 inch minimum (total length)
Daily Limit / Person
1
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Adult Weakfish are most frequently encountered along the coast within ten miles of shore. They reside in both estuarine and nearshore Atlantic Ocean habitats.

They feed on small fishes, shrimps, and crabs.
General Description
Weakfish are dark olive green above with the back and sides variously burnished with purple, lavender, green, blue, golden, or copper, and marked with a large number of small black, dark green or bronze spots.

The anal fin is yellowish.
Did You Know?
The Weakfish is the official state fish of Delaware, known for its historic abundance and economic value.

This fish's name, "Weakfish", refers to the tender, easily-torn membrane of the fish's mouth.

They have an upper jaw that contains a pair of large canine-like teeth.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Weakfish will take artificial lures such as bucktails tipped with a rubber worm.

Squid strips and pieces of peeler crabs fished on bottom rigs are a time tested technique.
Typical Sizes Caught
Weakfish, when caught by Delaware anglers, are often in the range of 10 to 15 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 20 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 3 pounds
Delaware State Record
19 pounds 2 ounces
William Thomas
1989