South Florida Tile Fishing

This emerging fishery in South Florida promises a little adventure and a great dinner.

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Long Haul: You need stout tackle to haul a hefty golden tilefish up from the depths, but it’s a lot of fun doing it.
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Simple Rigs: Tilefish rigs aren’t complex; drop a chunk of meat to the bottom and then hang onto the rod.
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Top baits include chunks of bonito, king mackerel, ballyhoo plugs and squid.
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Click on the image to read the caption below the rig illustration.Joe Mahler / www.joemahler.com
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Another common catch is the blackbelly rosefish.
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A Happy Crew: As with most bottomfish, golden tiles are great table fare, and soon this crew will eat well!