Scientific Name: Lopholatilus chamaelonticeps
Ideal Temp: 48-57°F (9-14°C)
Technique: Bottom Fishing
Lure Type: Bottom Rig
World Record: 29.57 kg (65 lb 3 oz) - Poorman's Canyon, New Jersey, USA
The great northern tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps), or golden tile, is the largest species in the family Malacanthidae (tilefishes), which grows to an average length between 38 and 44 inches (970 and 1,120 mm).
The golden tilefish is easily distguishable fom other members of the family Malacanthidae by the large adipose flap, or crest, 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.
The great northern tilefish is known to dig and occupy burrows along the outer continental shelf, and on the flanks of submarine canyons in malleable clay substrate. Their abundance is strongly correlated with presence of silt-clay substrate, because the soft clay enables the fish to create the burrow itself by simply digging away the clay substrate.
The majority are found in depths of 450 - 750' with some larger ones being caught up to 1000' of water. A common bottom rig with 6/0 - 8/0 hooks using bonito, mackerel, ling, or squid are the most popular baits. Adding glow beads help and rattles do seem to help. There are some people even catching them in vertical jigs, though the