Rainbow Runner

Rainbow Runners are a brilliant purple and blue.

The top is a purple shading to blue-green on the sides. The belly is silver with a yellow tint.

They have a bright yellow stripe running the length of its body.

Rainbow Runner 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 The Rainbow Runner can be found inhabiting both coastal as well as far offshore waters. They prefer clear waters over structure such as artificial reefs.

They are typically found in schools.

They feed on fishes, shrimps, and squids.
Did You Know? Rainbow Runners have been observed rubbing against the rough skin of passing sharks.

Some suggest Rainbow Runners do this to rub parasites off of their skin. Others suggest it might be a form of harassing sharks which may cause them to leave the area
Common Lures and Baits Rainbow Runners are surface swimmers and can be caught while trolling or casting feathered jigs, shiny spoons, or live bait such as small fish or shrimp.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Rainbow Runners caught by anglers weigh less than 15 pounds.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Rainbow Runners 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 Rainbow Runners are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.