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Cunner (Bergall)

Sherman Foote Denton, courtesy NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Open Year Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Cunners can be found in small groups or schools, preferring shallow coastal waters, near artificial reefs, wrecks, rocks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.

They feed on crabs, mussels, and razor clams.
General Description
Cunners range in color from mottled reddish to bluish brown on top, fading to slightly paler hues along their sides.

Their small mouth is lined with several rows of uneven cone shaped teeth.
Did You Know?
Cunners are omnivorous. Besides eating crabs, mussels, and razor clams they will also eat aquatic vegetation.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Cunners do not take to artificial lures well.

They are pesky bait stealers, and anglers who target them use the smallest hooks possible.

Blood worms, grass shrimp, green crabs, and small strips of squid are often used on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
Cunners are commonly caught in the range of 6 to 10 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Cunners are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Cunners are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.