The blueline tilefish is a dull olive-gray overall and white below. The lack of fleshy protuberance
behind the head distiguishes it from the commercially important tilefish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps.
The blueline tilefish is a bottom dweller found in water ranging from 240-780 feet deep, from Virginia to the Campeche Banks of Mexico. It is frequently found in the same habitat as groupers and snappers, preffering irregular bottom with sand, mud and shell hash. It is usually found in bottom water temperatures of 59° to 73° F.
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Bottom fishing has become more and more popular over the recent years and anglers are targeting species that most people have never seen like Tilefish. Dr. Julie Ball took me and Steve Kendall (photo above right) fishing for Blueline Tilefish in May of 2008 and February 2009 and we had a great day with everyone catching their limit along with a handful that met citation requirements for the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament.