The golden tilefish is easily distguishable fom other tilefish by the crest or flap on the head. The species
is blue-green and iridescent on the back, with numerous spots of bright yellow and gold. The belly is white
and the head is rosy, with blue under the eyes. The pectoral fins are sepia-colored, and the margin of the
anal fin is purplish-blue.
Tilefish 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 250-1,500 feet deep, where bottom temperatures range from 49° to 58° 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. Golden Tilefish are considered one of the best tasting deep water fish. (photos : Brett Swindell on the left and Matt Burr on the right)