Bluefish get their name from their color.

They are a greenish blue with silvery sides and a white belly.

Bluefish have a pointed snout and large mouth with many sharp teeth.

Bluefish Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person 3 per shore or private boat anglers.

5 per anglers on ‘for-hire’ vessels (Headboats and Charter boats).
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences Bluefish live near the surface or in the water column in loose groups.

They are fast swimmers and voracious predators which prey on schools of fish.
Did You Know? Bluefish are so aggressive they have bitten human swimmers who were unfortunate enough to encounter a feeding school.

Bluefish are well known to anglers as an incredible fighter with tremendous power.
Common Lures and Baits When Bluefish are in a feeding frenzy, they will strike almost any object in front of them.

Bluefish are caught by trolling or casting artificial lures.

Cut pieces of fish (like mullet or squid strips) while surfishing are good for catching Bluefish.
Typical Sizes Caught Bluefish are commonly caught in the range of 12 to 20 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Live Release Award
Adult: 29 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 27 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 12 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 10 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record 24 pounds 14.4 ounces
Dr. Luis Mispireta