: Lobotes surinamensis
Drift Fish, Leaf Fish.
Both coastal and pelagic in Florida; mostly pelagic in the Bahamas and
The Tripletail is a true world traveler, drifting with ocean currents
and often spotted by dolphin fishermen in weed lines or alongside
floating debris. Many are found closer to shore in most coastal areas of
Florida during warm months, and also in larger bays usually hanging
around markers or trap floats.
Deep, somewhat rounded shape gives it the appearance of an oversize pan
fish. Color varies but is usually brownish and mottled. Head is concave
above the mouth. Name derives from similarity and near juxtaposition of
the dorsal, caudal and anal fins, resembling three tails.
Most run 2-12 pounds; but rare catches reach 30 or more. World record 42
pounds, 5 ounces.
FLORIDA RECORD : 32 pounds.
One of the best.
Despite its clumsy looks, the Tripletail is a good game fish in all
respects. It willingly strikes artificial lures and its fight is
characterized by short, frantic runs and startling jumps. Big ones in
deep water are also good at bulldogging. Like Cobia with which they
frequently share the shade of a navigation structure Tripletail are
adept at fouling lines.
TACKLE AND BAITS:
Casting tackle fly, plug or spinning provides the best and most
spectacular sport with Tripletails, but saltwater outfits with lines up
to 30-pound test are not out of place for big fish in tight places.
Streamer flies, plastic and bucktail jigs and mirror plugs are among the
pet lures. Best natural baits are live shrimp and small live fish. Strip
baits and dead shrimp are also taken.
Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing.