Tripletail, Anyone?

Typically by this time of year tripletail fishing is in full swing for me. So far the past 2 months I've seen 2, one of which was hooked up, landed and short. That day we saw our our only pod of cobia inshore, 3 + 1 (a bomber lagging behind). We were not rigged for them. Threw a gulp that caught the tripletail, but no takers. That was a few weeks ago. Today I saw my 3rd and it hit my gulp, but did not inhale it.

Have caught several cobia, only one fish over 33, and that was out of Crystal River, about 10 miles out.

Wondering if these fish are holding offshore? I have notice a huge lack of bait in general, starting with glass minnows on up. This lack of bait seems to be impacting not only my tarpon fishing, but fishing patterns in general.
While trying to catch ladyfish for bait in deep water weve landed some nice overslot trout for release.
Even catching grunts seems off.

Have had to resort to flounder fishing for action and dinner. Tripletail and cobia action usually helps on slow days, but not this year :shrug


  • Kokosing LoverKokosing Lover Posts: 590 Officer
    I think it's the delayed rain this spring. Now that we've had a good bit of freshwater running I think things will hit the normal equilibrium. Just a theory, but it's all I got.
  • sas0061sas0061 Posts: 81 Greenhorn
    Had some luck with Cobia 3-7 miles out, SW of tampa bay. Hook ups on live and soft plastic.
  • releasegearreleasegear Posts: 708 Officer
    Hi Permit..
    saw some yesterday at mouth of the bay - have not seen any off the beach.

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  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 12,153 AG
    Haven't looked for them on the outside yet, but the tripletail showed up early this year in the bay.
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