Blueline Tilefish can be identified by the two distinct blue lines that run from eye to the snout. The best method for catching Blueline Tilefish bottom fishing and drift fishing using pieces of cut fish, squid, or sea clams for bait.Blueline Tilefish can be identified by the two distinct blue lines that run from eye to the snout. The best method for catching Blueline Tilefish bottom fishing and drift fishing using pieces of cut fish, squid, or sea clams for bait.
How to identify Blueline Tilefish
Blueline Tilefish have a pronounced elongated snout, subtle gray-green colored backs that turns into white along the flank and abdomen. They have only one dorsal fin that extends down most of the back. Their anal fin is half as long as their dorsal fin. Blueline Tilefish are distinguishable from their cousin the Golden Tilefish by the lack of a crest-like adipose on the head. Blueline Tilefish are named after the distinct blue lines that run from the eyes to the snout.
Where to catch Blueline Tilefish
The highest concentration of Blueline Tilefish is found along the mid-Atlantic coast. They are also found along the Atlantic coast from New England to the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas.) Blueline Tilefish dwell on patches of live or rocky bottom at depths between 200 and 400 feet. They are found mixed in with Black Sea Bass.
The following are habitats where you can catch Blueline Tilefish:
How to catch Blueline Tilefish
Anglers can catch Blueline Tilefish on 5lb weighted bottom rigs and 8-24oz, twin-hook jigs using cut/strip fish, squid, or clams. If using a jig, it helps to bait all of the hooks and, after dropping to the rig to the bottom, allow it to linger a few feet above the bottom. When fishing Blueline Tilefish with a circle hook, let the hook drag along the sea floor until the Blueline bites. When using a jig, set the hook with a quick snap of the rod as soon as you fee a bite. To be able to sense when a Blueline Tile fish bites, it’s important to use braid line.
The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Blueline Tilefish:
Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Blueline Tilefish
The best baits for catching Blueline Tile fish include cut/strip fish, squid, or sea clams. Cut fish and squid tend to be more durable and last longer than sea clams when fishing for Blueline Tilefish.
The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Blueline Tilefish: