Blueline Tilefish

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.

Blueline Tilefish Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open May 1 to October 31

Charter/party vessels must hold a valid open access Golden Tilefish permit to land Blueline Tilefish. Questions? Contact the NOAA Greater Atlantic Region Permits Office at (978) 282-8438 or Email:
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person 3 for private vessel
5 for USCG uninspected for-hire vessel
7 for USCG inspected for-hire vessel
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.
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 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 Length and Weight 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 25 pounds, 8 ounces
Dain E. Hursh