Rock Hind

The Rock Hind is tan and covered in many red or orange spots, with large darker blotches on its upper sides.

Rock Hind 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 Rock Hind is usually solitary and prefers artificial reefs, wrecks, and other structure in water depths ranging from nearshore to 150 feet.

They feed mostly on crabs but will also eat squids, shrimps, and fishes.
Did You Know? All Rock Hinds begin life as a female; however, some change to males while maturing.
Common Lures and Baits Rock Hinds are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species, such as black sea bass.

They can be caught by drifting and bouncing on the bottom near structure with jigs, or bottom fishing with squid strips or cut pieces of fish.
Typical Sizes Caught Generally, Rock Hinds are caught by anglers in the range of 1 to 2 pounds.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Rock Hinds 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 Rock Hinds are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.