Red Porgy

The Red Porgy is reddish on top and silvery-white on the bottom, highlighted by rows of small blue spots along the upper body.

It has two blue streaks, one above and the other below the eye.

Red Porgy 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 Red Porgies prefer rock, rubble, or sand bottoms in 50 to 150 feet of water, but sometimes will venture much deeper.

They feed on small fishes, shrimps, and crabs.
Did You Know? Red Porgies start life as females, then some change sex to become males.
Common Lures and Baits Anglers sometimes catch Red Porgies while bottom fishing for other species.

They are caught on bottom rigs baited with cut pieces of fish or strips of squid.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Red Porgies caught by anglers weigh between 2 and 3 pounds.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Red Porgies 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 Red Porgies are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.