Blue Runner

The Blue Runner is characterized by his near football shaped body that is mostly bluish green to olive green on top fading to silvery gray below with a curved forked tail.

A dark spot is typically present on the gill cover.

Blue Runner 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 Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences The Blue Runner can be found both in shallow and deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean but is primarily found inshore. They prefer clear, shallow waters over structure such as artificial reefs.

They are typically found in schools varying in size from a few fish to many.

They feed on fishes, shrimps, and squids.
Did You Know? Young Blue Runners have been observed living inside the bell of jellyfish.

Important forage species for larger predators such as billfish and tuna.
Common Lures and Baits Anglers catch Blue Runners by drifting with live bait fish, live shrimp, strips of squid, or pieces of cut fish.

Jigs tipped with a strip of squid will also work.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Blue Runners caught by anglers weigh between 1 and 2 pounds.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Blue Runners are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Blue Runners are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.