What in the World is a Tilefish?  A Tasty Gulf Water Treat!

One of the biggest requests for a blog topic has been the Gulf of Mexico Tilefish. This is not a sportfish that is exclusive to this region. However, it can definitely be found in deep, cold waters in the Gulf area. It’s a fun fish to catch and it’s as tasty to snack on as it is funny to look at.

The Lowdown on the Mysterious Gulf Water Tilefish

Tilefish are something of a novelty in the Gulf region. This is because most charters won’t book a trip solely to catch this species. This is mostly because this fish can be caught either before or after more common species. They aren’t exactly unique or in big enough numbers to catch by themselves.

The tilefish is a very interesting character. Hunting for them can add a unique twist to your charter fishing trip. The tilefish is always found in the deepest, coldest part of the Gulf. They pool in waters that are usually about 600 to 700 feet deep. However, they can descend down to 900 feet if they feel the need.

Tilefish have a distinctive “derpy” look that can provoke laughter at first sight. But they are also renowned as one of the tastiest and most satisfying meals that the sea can provide. For this reason, they are highly sought after by Gulf seafood lovers with elevated tastes. Now is your chance to get up to speed on this very tasty subject.

The Golden Tilefish is Truly One of a Kind

There are many fascinating facts to learn about the Golden Tilefish. But unless you’re a devoted ichthyologist, the main things you need to know are three. Number one, they look funny. Number two, they’re very tasty. Number three, you’re vacationing in the Gulf soon? Great! This is the perfect place to get on a charter boat and go fishing for them.


When all is said and done, the Tilefish is a beautiful, if very distinctive, member of its species. The sides of the average specimen are aqua blue with light green highlights. When you turn them on their backs, you’ll quickly notice a unique blend of blue mixing into yellow and then blue shading into green.

There are a few other distinctive features that will quickly identify a Tilefish. They tend to have a reddish-pink band that runs down their side. This band blends into a silver and yellow belly. Overall, they are golden in hue. And, according to the most experienced seafood lovers, they are a delicious dish that everyone should sample.

The Tilefish is a Day Long Adventure to Search For

If you are ready for a day-long adventure out on the open Gulf water, the Tilefish may just be your ticket. The Tilefish tend to live in a series of well-placed burrows deep in the muddy bottom of the Gulf. They tend to dig out small cave structures that t