The Escolar varies from black to dark brown.

The eyes are large and there is usually a single pair of fangs in the middle of the top jaw.

Escolar Illustration by 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 Rare
General Habitat and Food Preferences The Escolar is a deep bottom dweller found in waters that range from 300 to 3000 foot deep.

It is believed that they feed on fishes, squids, shrimps, and crabs.
Did You Know? Escolar flesh, if eaten, can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

Italy and Japan have banned the sale of Escolar due to its potential side effects.
Common Lures and Baits Though there are no known recreational anglers targeting Escolar, it is possible that tilefish anglers may hook one using heavy weighted bottom rigs baited with cut pieces of fish or whole squid.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Escolar range between 60 and 80 pounds.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Escolar are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record Escolar are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.