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Blue Shark

Ralph Martens, courtesy
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 or call toll free (888) 872-8862 for specific information and permits.
Size Limit
54 inch minimum (measured from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail)
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
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Blue Sharks are an oceanic species that prefers deep, wide open waters.

They feed primarily on fishes and squids.
General Description
The Blue Shark is brilliantly colored with a deep blue on top, lighter blue on the sides, and white underneath.

Their elongated body is punctuated by extraordinarily long pectoral fins.
Did You Know?
The Blue Sharks name comes from its distinct dark blue back and bright blue sides.

With its white belly, this contrast in colors is known as counter-shading and provides camouflage for the shark in the open ocean.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
The best methods for catching Blue Sharks are by chumming with live or dead baits. Good baits include squid, bluefish, and mackerel.

To draw sharks in, chumming is almost a necessity.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Blue Sharks range from 66 to 120 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 66 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 56 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 100 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 75 pounds minimum

Blue Sharks are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Shark" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
Delaware State Record
825 pounds
Brent Thomas

Blue Sharks are eligible for the general "Shark" record, but catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.

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