||13 inch minimum (total length)
|Daily Limit / Person
||Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||Adult Weakfish are most frequently encountered along the coast within ten miles of shore. They reside in both estuarine and nearshore Atlantic Ocean habitats.
They feed on small fishes, shrimps, and crabs.
|Did You Know?
The Weakfish is the official state fish of Delaware, known for its historic abundance and economic value.
This fish's name, "Weakfish", refers to the tender, easily-torn membrane of the fish's mouth.
They have an upper jaw that contains a pair of large canine-like teeth.
|Common Lures and Baits
Weakfish will take artificial lures such as bucktails tipped with a rubber worm.
Squid strips and pieces of peeler crabs fished on bottom rigs are a time tested technique.
|Typical Sizes Caught
Weakfish, when caught by Delaware anglers, are often in the range of 10 to 15 inches in length.
|Citation Minimum Length and Weight
Live Release Award
Adult: 20 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 18 inches minimum
Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 3 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 2 pounds minimum
|Delaware State Record
19 pounds 2 ounces