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Golden Tilefish

Duane Raver, Jr.
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
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
7 in any combination (Golden Tilefish or Blueline Tilefish).
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Golden Tilefish is a bottom dweller found in water ranging from 250 to 1500 feet deep. They prefer irregular bottom with sand, mud, and shell where they live in cone-shaped burrows, and concentrate in small groups or pods.

They feed on bottom creatures, such as crabs, shrimps, sea snails, marine worms, and small fishes.
General Description
The Golden Tilefish is a beautiful fish, being blue-green and iridescent on top, and changing to yellow or rose on the lower sides.

The back and upper sides are dotted with brilliant yellow spots, and the belly is white.
Did You Know?
Golden Tilefish will burrow head first in cone-shaped sand and clay piles on the ocean floor.

They are long lived, living up to 45 years.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Golden Tilefish are caught on bottom rigs baited with cut pieces of fish or whole squid.

Because of the great depth of water, five-pound weights are often used on the bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
Golden Tilefish are commonly caught in the range of 10 to 25 pounds by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 40 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 35 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 35 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 26.5 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record
46 pounds 8 ounces
Tom Schanno