Golden Tilefish

Golden Tilefish




Was in Naples, Florida for a couple weeks. Had some Pan Seared Golden Tilefish at the Yabba Island Grill - delicious. Don't recall seeing it on any menus on the Outer Banks. Is it available?


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I've caught plenty of tilefish fishing out of Oregon Inlet, not sure if they were Golden though. I thought they were very tasty. I don't recall seeing them for sale anywhere. I'm sure Pickle will add to this. Glad you had a nice trip Jim.


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Locally recreationally we catch Blueline or some people say Gray Tiles. Commercially Bluelines are more plentiful to catch than Goldens also less Federal seasonal restrictions. Our restaurants ( not many) serve local Blueline. Goldens are much bigger than the Blueline and their meat is even firmer. Golden are caught in very deep water over 600 feet. Bluelines in about 300. Recreationally you can catch Goldens off the Outer Banks but you would need 2 to 3 pound sinkers and electric reels. And be ready to fish in waters 600 to 1000 feet. It is done out of Virginia Beach in the Norfolk Canyon. No Charter boat really wants to go through the trouble. On my boat we do a lot of Tilefishing, one of our specialties, but using electric reels is not sportfishing


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Hi Pickle. What type environment do you catch the blueline tilefish (ex, wrecks, drop-offs, etc)? I assume you fish on the bottom in the 300 ft depth. Is that correct?


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Thanks for the replies MdChas and Pickle. Pickle I always enjoy your posts - thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge!


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Here's some Tilefish that we caught out with Pickle. Fun day, arms were burning at the end from all of the deep water reeling.




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Thank you all for your kind words. Tilefish both Bluelines and Golden are on Mud or Soft Bottom. They actually burrow in the bottom and stand their ground. They do not move around a lot. They eat crabs, marine worms and other bottom stuff. Since they rarely are caught around structure most fishing is done by drifting in known areas. I have caught Bluelines in as shallow as 250 but the better fishing is 300 to 325. The fishing "Grounds" are at least 30 miles from the Inlet. The fish is eccellent eating and range from 5 to 15 lbs. They all taste the same. One quality is they Freeze extremely well. Soft fleshed fish such as Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Amberjack even Tuna do not stay "tasty if frozen for a long time. Not everybody does Bottom/Wreck fishing right. A good boat will have spots where a mixture of Tiles and Black Sea Bass can be caught. The current season (tentative) is May 1 through August 31. The current bag limit is three a person. If you hit the right spot you can catch your limit in a few hours or less. With the right charter boat you can then go off for great eating Sea Bass, Amberjack or even troll for Dolphin and an occasional Bill fish on the way home. Very few boats will offer you all that. If anybody has questions on a Deepwater Bottom/Wreck trip send me a PM.


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Was in Naples, Florida for a couple weeks. Had some Pan Seared Golden Tilefish at the Yabba Island Grill - delicious. Don't recall seeing it on any menus on the Outer Banks. Is it available?

Jstangl


The great chef at Hatteras Sol, in Hatteras Village, has served tilefish. Not sure where they get it from.

If you are down in the Village try them out. They are running a reduced schedule, winter hours, right now. During the summer you might have a wait, well worth it.