Cunner (Bergall)

Cunners range in color from mottled reddish to bluish brown on top, fading to slightly paler hues along their sides.

Their small mouth is lined with several rows of uneven cone shaped teeth.

Cunner (Bergall) Illustration by Sherman Foote Denton, courtesy NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Season Open Year Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person No Limit
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences Cunners can be found in small groups or schools, preferring shallow coastal waters, near artificial reefs, wrecks, rocks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.

They feed on crabs, mussels, and razor clams.
Did You Know? Cunners are omnivorous. Besides eating crabs, mussels, and razor clams they will also eat aquatic vegetation.
Common Lures and Baits Cunners do not take to artificial lures well.

They are pesky bait stealers, and anglers who target them use the smallest hooks possible.

Blood worms, grass shrimp, green crabs, and small strips of squid are often used on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught Cunners are commonly caught in the range of 6 to 10 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Cunners are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Cunners are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.