Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis)


  1. Size: Triple tail usually range from 5 to 15 pounds, but the largest specimens can reach up to 40 pounds.
  2. Habitat: Triple tails are typically found in coastal waters near floating structures such as crab trap buoys. Further offshore, they can be found on floating debris and Sargassum seaweed patches. They are known for their habit of floating motionless near the surface.
  3. Bait: Their diet primarily consists of small fish, crustaceans, and other prey items that they can ambush near the surface – they usually find a free lined shrimp irresistible.
  4. Tackle: Small hooks, light fluorocarbon leaders, and light-medium spinning gear will usually get a hookup while also applying enough backbone to get a triple tail away from their buoy.   
  5. Food Value: Triple tail are a quality table fish and are known for their mild, white, and flaky flesh.