Nearshore Tripletail: How To Catch Tripletail Under Buoys
Do you want to learn how to catch more tripletail around buoys and crab traps?
How do you avoid scaring off the fish but position yourself close enough to catch them?
Everything you need to know about catching tripletail near crab traps is down below!!!
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How To Catch Tripletail Under Buoys [VIDEO]
- Rod: Custom Prototype from Mudhole
- Reel: Daiwa Fuego 2500-XH
- Line: 10lb PowerPro
- Leader: 20lb Ande Monofilament
- Lure: Power Prawn Jr.
- Hook: Z-Man Trout Eye Jighead (3/16 oz.)
- Vessel: 24 ft Pathfinder
Tripletail fishing doesn’t require any out of the ordinary gear than what you would be using for inshore game fish.
Stone crab season recently opened which creates a scent off the beaches that attracts lots of fish nearshore.
How To Find Tripletail Under Crab Trap Buoys
Tripletail hide right beneath crab trap buoys or in some cases a few feet below.
They tend to lay on their sides which makes them easier to see.
You need to patrol along crab trap buoys and be able to sight tripletail without spooking them off.
The splash of the boat will spook the tripletail if it hits the buoy.
Sometimes the fish need a few minutes to settle down after you drive by and push a wake from your boat over the buoy.
There really is not a huge rush to approach these fish because they are holding tight to the crab trap buoys.
Slowly sneak up to the buoy and see if you can spot the tripletail in the water.
How To Place Your Cast For Maximized Results
The main thing to look for is which direction the fish is facing.
You want to cast 5-6 feet over the buoy in the direction the fish is facing.
Then, reel in your lure in front of the fish’s face, feel the thump, and let them have it.
If you do hook into a tripletail, it is still worth checking the buoy to see if there are other fish that dove deeper down.
You may only get one or two attempts to catch a tripletail so it is very important to be accurate with your casts.
Best Lures To Use For Tripletail
As far as flies are concerned, it is beneficial to use a fly with a bit of weight to it.
The fly used in this video had zero weight and when you pause with a weightless fly, it pauses in the water and does a super slow sink.
Whereas the Power Prawn Jr. rigged on a jighead dives when you stop your retrieve.
Most of the tripletail strikes happen on the dive as the lure descends down.
The best tripletail lure setup to use is a Power Prawn Jr. on a 3/16 oz. jighead.
You can use other shrimp imitation lures, but this is the setup that has produced results time and again.
Tripletail also follow scents and will strike lures depending on scents.
If you use Dr. Juice Inshore Slam Scent, you can increase your probability of landing a fish.
Dr. Juice paired with the Power Prawn Jr. is the ultimate tripletail lure to use.
Tripletail are coming in this time of year and it can be a real treat to spot them along crab trap buoys and sight fish for these fun fish.
Remember to be stealthy when approaching crab trap buoys with fish holding near them and to also be accurate and precise with your casts.
The best lure to use is a shrimp imitation lure and if you haven’t gotten your Power Prawn Jr., this is the time to try it out!
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