Monster Triple Tail off SRQ

Hey guys!

Went out for a few hours today with one of the mates that I work with to target some triple tail since he told me he has never caught or eaten one. So we left the dock around 12:30pm with a few dozen hand pick shrimp in search of some triple tail. Started running the crab pots and with in minutes we had our first tail in the box, only about a 16 incher but a good way to start the day. For the next half hour or so we probably caught 7-10 shorts between 12-15 inches and then I see the beast of triple tail hanging on a buoy. We throw the biggest shrimp we had on a circle hook, put it right in front of his nose and he sucked it down! Ended up fighting that fish for almost 15 min but we finaly got him in the boat and we put him on the scale to see what he weighed.......... 18 POUNDS!!!!!!:grin
High fives all around and we were off for some more, about 20 minutes later I run across another monster, ended up catching him too and he weighed 11 Pounds. So with our cooler full of meat we head in to fillet our catch. Was great conditions out there, it was slick calm and sunny, we probably saw over 20 tails out there including the ones we caught.

Here are some pics, enjoy!

Captain Tim
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  • Angler SystemsAngler Systems Posts: 919 Officer
    Catch of a life time for a triple tail, outstanding.
  • jbsrqjbsrq Posts: 194 Deckhand
    nice triple tail, I bet you got some nice filets off that beast!
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Can i get your autograph? Amazing fish!!!
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  • flexdaddyflexdaddy Posts: 35 Deckhand
    **** nice fish! Went out Saturday looking for some but got none. Guess I need a tower it's hard to really scout the pots just standing on the bow.
    2005 SeaHunt Triton 212
  • Captain_TimCaptain_Tim Posts: 55 Deckhand
    flexdaddy wrote: »
    **** nice fish! Went out Saturday looking for some but got none. Guess I need a tower it's hard to really scout the pots just standing on the bow.

    A tower is not needed, just spend more time looking, we covered 30 miles yesterday looking for triple tail and ended up catching 15+ fish, you just have to put the miles in.

    And Ryan, you can have my autograph any time you want! :beer
    Knowing is better than guessing but luck always helps!
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  • gasparillagasparilla Posts: 358 Officer
    That's a slob of a tripletail . . .
    Cheap, fast, reliable - pick two . . .
  • SwampsquashSwampsquash Posts: 164 Officer
    Are the trips out when the gulf is 1-2 ft or only when its smooth?
  • Captain_TimCaptain_Tim Posts: 55 Deckhand
    Are the trips out when the gulf is 1-2 ft or only when its smooth?

    They are always out there, I was getting them when it was blowing 20kts out of the east about a week ago. They dont care how rough it is only we do.
    Knowing is better than guessing but luck always helps!
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  • fishingkid315fishingkid315 Posts: 1,927 Officer
    I'm going to try to catch any triple tail Probally will be off new pass or the jetties. Any tips!? Nice report and photos
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  • Captain_TimCaptain_Tim Posts: 55 Deckhand
    I'm going to try to catch any triple tail Probally will be off new pass or the jetties. Any tips!? Nice report and photos

    Live shrimp, cover lots of traps, if you dont see them on a line your working like with in 50 floats....... move
    Knowing is better than guessing but luck always helps!
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  • SwampsquashSwampsquash Posts: 164 Officer
    They are always out there, I was getting them when it was blowing 20kts out of the east about a week ago. They dont care how rough it is only we do.


    Ok I wasn't sure I checked out alot of the crap trap coming back from yest around 4-5pm and I didn't really see any. I was wondering if maybe they didn't like the 1-2 ft waves then. I have caught them in the bay on bouys but never had much luck in the gulf.
  • ThumpThump Posts: 184 Deckhand
    I have only seen one that large once. It was in the Keys on debris and I couldn't get a bait to it for all the dolphin and triggers. When I would get close enough to catch it (and keep the other fish off), it would swim off... It was a frustrating day.. :banghead

    Needless to say, Awesome Job!
  • sk018sk018 Posts: 2,669 Captain
    There have been some big ones around. A buddy got one 15 pounds, Ill see if he can send me the picture....Ive noticed in our area the red buoys shaped as footballs are most productive
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,427 Moderator
    There you go another itch i have to scratch..All these years never tried for them??
    larrywitt

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