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 Golden Tilefish
( Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps )


 Distribution & Size

Golden Tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) inhabit the outer continental shelf and upper continental slope along the entire east coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico south to Venezuela. They are found in waters from 250- to 1,500-feet deep, where bottom temperatures range from 49 to 58 degrees. Spawning occurs from March to September, and each female lays 2- to 8-million eggs.

 General Information

Tilefish feed on the bottom during the day on crustaceans, clams, snails, worms, anemones and sea cucumbers. They can reach lengths of 38 inches, although growth is slow.

 Tackle & Bait

Deep drop tackle with an electric reel is essential.

 Eating Qualities

Good.

 State Limits & Regulations

Golden Tilefish have no size limit but are included in the 20 reef fish aggregate creel, except for the sand tilefish.

Alabama State Record Tilefish 29 lbs 4 oz
 

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
None None Atlantic-1 per harvester
Gulf- 4 per harvester.

Atlantic aggregate limit is 3 fish.
Gulf aggregate limit is 4 fish.

None
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