Fishing for Tilefish

August 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Fishing and boating tips

Tilefish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, inhabit the outer continental shelf from Nova Scotia to South America, and are relatively abundant in the Southern New England to Mid-Atlantic area at depths of 80 to 440 m (44 to 240 fathoms).

They are generally found in and around submarine canyons where they occupy burrows in the sedimentary substrate. Tilefish are relatively slow growing and long-lived, with a maximum observed age and length of 35 years and 110 cm (43.3 in.) for females and 26 years and 112 cm (44.1 in.) for males.

At lengths exceeding 70 cm (27.6 in.), the predorsal adipose flap, characteristic of this species, is larger in males and can be used to distinguish the sexes. Tilefish of both sexes are mature at ages of 5 to 7 years.
The world record golden tilefish is 65lb 3oz caught in the Poormans Canyon in 2012. The world record Blueline tilefish is 23lbs 4oz , caught in the Lindenkohl Canyon in 2015.

Tile fish live in deep water, and in areas that have silt bottoms, not hard sandy bottoms.You can tell these areas with a good depth finder. The depth finder must be able to record at great depths. The fish are found around the canyons in the mid-atlantic in depths of 300-400 feet and up.
You need to look for muddy bottom and remember that tilefish dig burrows in the silt.

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