Great Northern Tilefish

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Great Northern Tilefish

Species Information

Scientific Name:Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps
Common Names:Golden tilefish, clown of the sea, great northern tilefish, golden tile
Environment:Offshore
Ideal Temp:48-57°F (9-14°C)

About Great Northern Tilefish

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 as shallow as 80 fathoms (480 feet) in the northeast US and up to 300 fathoms (1800 feet) of water in warmer areas like the Gulf of Mexico.

A common bottom rig with large grouer style circle  hooks (7/0 - 16/0) using bonito, mackerel, or squid are the most popular baits. Adding glow beads, lights, squid skirts, and rattles do seem to help solicit a bite. 

 

Great Northern Tilefish Fishing

World Record:29.57 kg (65 lb 3 oz) - Poorman's Canyon, New Jersey, USA
# Fish Caught:3432 documented in database.
Earliest Record:4/19/1930 12:00:00 AM and located at 40.05833, -70.52500.
Latest Record:1/18/2024 2:40:08 PM and located at 26.86383, -80.05500.
Common Techniques:Bottom Fishing
Popular Lure Types:Bottom Rig
Fishing Spots:359 Great Northern Tilefish fishing spots.


Latest Great Northern Tilefish Fishing Reports and Spots

Golden Tilefish Ledge - 1/20/2024 11:17:28 AM

This spot is the center of a ledge that runs for at least half a mile. The eighth of a mile or so to the east northeast and west southwest of (View)

Golden tiles - 11/5/2023 11:32:00 AM

slow day sword fishing so we pushed to a tile hole. they were CHEWING! 3 drifts and 100lbs of goldens. (View)

Golden Tilefish - 5/27/2023 6:23:36 PM

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Golden Tilefish - 5/27/2023 6:23:34 PM

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Golden Tilefish - 5/27/2023 6:23:31 PM

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Golden Tilefish - 5/27/2023 6:23:29 PM

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Golden Tilefish - 5/27/2023 6:23:27 PM

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