Golden TilefishImage Courtesy of Duane Raver

Golden Tilefish - Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps

Florida Regulations

RegulationsGulf State Atlantic State Federal - Gulf and Atlantic 
Minimum Size Limit  None  
Daily Bag Limit Included in the 4 grouper aggregate 1 per person within the 3 grouper aggregate

Gulf: Included in the 20 reef fish aggregate

Atlantic: 1 per person within the 3 grouper aggregate



Gear Requirements

Blueline Tilefish - Caulolatilus microps

 Florida Regulations

RegulationsGulf StateAtlantic StateFederal - Gulf and Atlantic
Minimum Size Limit  None  
Daily Bag Limit 100 lbs or 2 per person per day, whichever is greater 100 lbs or 2 per person per day, whichever is greater

Gulf: Included in 20 reef fish aggregate

Atlantic: 3 per person. Closed Sept. 1-April 30.


Gear Requirements


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. Individuals live in cone-shaped burrows, and concentrate in small groups or pods. Females are smaller than males, although whether or not the species displays hermaphrodism is unknown. Tilefish feed during the day on the bottom on crustaceans, clams, snails, worms, anemones and sea cucumbers.


Florida Rule External Website

Gulf Federal Rules External Website

Atlantic Federal Rules External Website








FWC Facts:
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