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: NMFS.GAR.Permits@noaa.gov
||No Size Limit
|Daily Limit / Person
|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.
|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