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Boca Grande off the beaches

Spent Thursday morning checking out some stone crab traps to see if we could find any decent triple tail.  We worked from boca grande north to venice and saw a ton of them on the crab trap, but only one that made the 18" cut ( borderline) so we threw it back to get a little bigger for next time.  Chucked live shrimp at them and plenty of takers. heres a pic of a small one... figured we didnt need multiple pics of small fish so took one and quick release on the rest...

This run and gun style fishing makes for a fun day on the water. heres a quick video at 40 mph showing you what we are looking for.  
https://www.instagram.com/p/CWRPCMYMauJ/



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  • bigfinn35bigfinn35 Sarasota/VenicePosts: 976 Officer
    Cool stuff. Been wanting to try some tripletail fishing but haven't done it before. Do you need to be pretty stealthy coming up on the crab buoys or do they care about the noise? I don't have a trolling motor so that could complicate things if so.

    Do you only cast on buoys with visible fish? Or is it worth seeing if there's some hanging deeper down?
    Paddle faster, I hear banjo music.
  • DodgerDodger Ft MyersPosts: 230 Deckhand
    A sunny day really helps.  I did it Sunday when it was overcast and it makes it much tougher to see them.  I usually run at about 25 mph just on plane when running a trap line.  My buddy used to stand up on the gunnel and center console seat but I'm not that crazy.  They usually stick out because they are a grayish color compared to green or blue water.  Best bait for me has always been a nice fat live shrimp on a circle hook with a tiny split shot or no weight. Drift down current to the buoy just within casting distance. 
  • bigfinn35bigfinn35 Sarasota/VenicePosts: 976 Officer
    Dodger said:
    A sunny day really helps.  I did it Sunday when it was overcast and it makes it much tougher to see them.  I usually run at about 25 mph just on plane when running a trap line.  My buddy used to stand up on the gunnel and center console seat but I'm not that crazy.  They usually stick out because they are a grayish color compared to green or blue water.  Best bait for me has always been a nice fat live shrimp on a circle hook with a tiny split shot or no weight. Drift down current to the buoy just within casting distance. 
    Thanks, great info. Do you only stop on buoys with visible fish? I imagine if you're running a ton of buoy lines it's pretty easy to just go on to the next one.
    Paddle faster, I hear banjo music.
  • DodgerDodger Ft MyersPosts: 230 Deckhand
    It all depends on visibility.  If its overcast you have to slow down and get a lot closer to check.  On sunny days keep the sun at your back if possible and you can "run and gun" buoys and cover a lot more quickly.
    They stick out on sunny days because they are usually dark gray or black.  Long casts with a live shrimp with usually get it done!
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