Spottail Pinfish

The Spottail Pinfish is more round than the pinfish in overall shape.

The color is brown to gray above shading to silvery below.

It has a large black patch in front of the tail.

Spottail Pinfish Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person No Limit
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences Spottail Pinfish prefer shallow coastal areas especially bays with docks, bridges, and rocks.

They feed on small fishes, shrimps, and plants.
Did You Know? Spottail Pinfish have small mouths with extremely strong flat teeth.
Common Lures and Baits For Spottail Pinfish, think light and small. Light spinning outfits with small bits of blood worm, shrimp, or squid on tiny hooks should be employed near some type of cover.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Spottail Pinfish are caught by anglers in the range of 6 to 8 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Spottail Pinfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Spottail Pinfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.