The Pinfish is greenish-silver fading to silver below.

They have many narrow horizontal yellow lines and dim vertical bars (stripes).

There is a dark patch just behind the gill cover.

Pinfish 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 - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences Pinfish are a schooling fish that are commonly found in shallow nearshore waters with some type of cover.

They feed on various plants and small animals on the bottom, usually around rocks and on pilings.
Did You Know? Pinfish have sharp spines (like pins) on the dorsal and anal fins which give this fish its name.
Common Lures and Baits For Pinfish, think light and small. Light spinning outfits with small bits of cut shrimp or fish on tiny hooks should be employed near some type of cover.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Pinfish are caught by anglers in the range of 3 to 6 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Pinfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Pinfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.