Golden Tilefish

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.

Golden Tilefish Illustration by 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 the NOAA Greater Atlantic Region Permits Office at (978) 282-8438 or Email:
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person 8
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters Common
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.
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 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 Length and Weight 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 52 pounds 12.8 ounces
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