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White Grunt

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
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
White Grunt prefer hard or rocky bottoms with scattered shell from near shore to up to 100 feet deep. They sometimes frequent artificial reefs.

They feed on small fishes, crabs, and shrimps.
General Description
The White Grunt is silver-gray, with numerous blue and yellow stripes on the body and head.

On some individuals the scales are tipped with bronze.
Did You Know?
The White Grunt got its name from the grunting sound it makes by grinding the teeth in its throat with their air bladder acting as an amplifier.

This sound is normally made when the fish is distressed, such as when being caught by an angler.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
White Grunts will hit small spoons, small jigs, and other small lures.

They will also take cut pieces of fish, squid strips, and shrimp on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, White Grunt caught by anglers average around 1½ pounds (15 inches).
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
White Grunt are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
White Grunt are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.