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 they can then use for shelter from their predators.

The Gulf sunlight only just reaches them at the depths they prefer. However, they still prefer to feed and congregate during the daytime. They can usually be found en masse between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. During this time, they tend to swim in a very slow and calculated manner, making them tricky to locate and hook.

Unlike most game fish and most Gulf fish in general, the Tilefish doesn’t tend to swim in large schools. They do congregate but only in small groups. This makes catching one a bit of a trick to pull off. But even if you don’t get lucky, there are still plenty of other fish to catch at this depth.

There are several species of grouper, especially the snowy grouper, that can be found in the same general area as the Golden Tilefish. And, of course, there are lots of other species that you can easily hook on to. You won’t have any trouble finding lots to do out on the water.


Book Your Tilefish Charter Fishing Trip Today

If you are ready to enjoy the charter fishing trip of a lifetime, let us know. We are booking trips now. A Gulf Coast charter fishing trip is a great way to relax, unwind, and enjoy yourself on the open sea. It’s also a fantastic way to relax with family members, friends, and new associates from the business world.

Whether you’re an old hand on the sea or a complete newbie, you’re going to love our upcoming Gulf Coast chartered fishing trips. Our crew is skilled, knowledgeable, and extra friendly. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do to make your next Gulf trip the adventure of a lifetime.