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Blueline Tilefish

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round

Charter/party vessels must hold a valid open access Golden Tilefish permit to land Blueline Tilefish. Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175 or Jennifer.Goebel@noaa.gov
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
7 in any combination with Golden Tilefish

Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Blueline Tilefish is a bottom dweller found in water ranging from 250 to 800 feet deep. Blueline Tilefish prefer irregular bottom with sand, mud, and shell.

They feed on bottom creatures, such as crabs, shrimps, sea snails, marine worms, and small fishes.
General Description
Blueline Tilefish have brown-gray backs, with a lighter belly.

They also have narrow gold and blue stripes that run from the eye to the mouth.

Their eyes are gold colored.
Did You Know?
Blueline Tilefish will burrow head first in cone-shaped sand and clay piles on the ocean floor.

They can live for up to 15 years.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Blueline Tilefish are caught on bottom rigs baited with cut pieces of fish or strips of squid.

Because of the great depth of water, five-pound weights are often used on the bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Blueline Tilefish are commonly caught in the range of 5 to 8 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 28 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 25 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 10 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 7.5 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record
22.2 pounds
Andrew Orr
2015