Striped Searobin

Striped Searobins are red-brown to gray with a distinct stripe on each side of the body and a white underbelly.

The large wing-like pectoral fins have a single broad blotch.

Striped Searobins may have the most beautiful eyes of any fish. They resemble gem stones circled by gold. Depending on how the light strikes them, the color of their eyes can vary from rich green to dark blue.

Striped Searobin Illustration by Nim Lee, courtesy NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person No Limit
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences The Striped Searobin can be found on sandy bottoms of estuaries as well as nearshore.

They feed on shrimps, crabs, clams, and small fishes.
Did You Know? The lower rays of the Striped Searobins pectoral fins look like fingers and are used to "walk" along the bottom when searching for food.

Taste buds are present on the lips of sea robins.
Common Lures and Baits Often despised by fisherman, Striped Searobins are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be caught with pieces of squid, clams, bloodworms, or pieces of peeler crab on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught Striped Searobins are caught by Delaware anglers in the range of 8 to 14 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Striped Searobins are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Striped Searobins are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.