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Atlantic Needlefish

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
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Atlantic Needlefish are found in coastal waters, bays and estuaries in shallow waters near the shoreline.

They feed on small fishes and shrimps.
General Description
The Atlantic Needlefish has a long, narrow body with a greenish back, silvery sides and a bluish stripe running the length of its body.

It has long narrow mouth filled with small needle-like teeth.
Did You Know?
The Atlantic Needlefish gets its name from its long, needle-like jaws.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Because of the hardness of their jaws and their many teeth, Atlantic Needlefish are notoriously difficult to land.

Almost any lure imitating a small fish will work as long as it is fished just under the surface.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Atlantic Needlefish are caught by anglers in the range of 8 to 18 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Atlantic Needlefish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Atlantic Needlefish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.