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Blacknose Shark

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round

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
No Size Limit
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
Blacknose Sharks frequent inshore and moderately deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, mainly over sandy and shell bottoms.

They feed on small fishes.
General Description
The Blacknose Shark is gray to greenish gray with black or dusky tips on the second dorsal fin and tail lobe.

They have a black spot on the tip of the nose which often is just a vague smudge.
Did You Know?
The Blacknose Shark when threatened, exhibits a "hunch" display by arching its back, raising its head, and lowering its tail.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Any cut piece of bloody fish will work for catching Blacknose Sharks.

To draw sharks in, chumming is almost a necessity.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Blacknose Sharks range from 10 to 20 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 66 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 100 pounds

Blacknose Sharks are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament "Shark" citation, but due to their smaller size, catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.

Blacknose Sharks are not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
Delaware State Record
825 pounds
Brent Thomas
1981

Blacknose Sharks are eligible for the general "Shark" record, but due to their smaller size, catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.

Blacknose Sharks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.