Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis)

David Edens & TT 07-09-08-3Reach a maximum size of 40 pounds although the average size is much smaller. Tripletail, as the name implies, have a body that appears to have three tails. This is actually just the anal and dorsal fins. Tripletail are common in the Gulf of Mexico but are a species that gets little fishing pressure. Most tripletail are caught as an incidental catch by anglers targeting lemon fish or sometime snapper fisherman if they happen to be in the right place at the right time and stay alert.

At Fly Cast Charters we specifically target these fish.  In the early Summer, they can be found “floating” near shore.  They will hammer a well placed fly.  At other times, we catch them by blind casting clousers around channel markers and other structure.  If a 15 lb Tripletail hammers your clouser, hang on for the ride!