Palometa are grayish-blue-green on top with silvery sides that have 4 narrow dark vertical bars (stripes).

They have elongated dorsal and anal fins with a deeply forked tail, all tipped in black.

Palometa 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 Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences Schools of Palometa are most common in clear water along sandy beaches and bays.

They feed on very small fishes, shrimps, and marine worms.
Did You Know? If the waves are calm and the water is clear at the beach, sometimes you can see schools of Palometa swimming in very shallow water.
Common Lures and Baits For Palometa, think light and small. Light spinning outfits with bits of cut shrimp or fish on tiny hooks work well.

They also readily strike small artificial lures.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Palometa caught by anglers weigh less than 1 pound.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Palometa are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Palometa are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.