How To Catch Inshore Tripletail (Under Sailboats!)
It’s tripletail time!
I’ve got a fun tripletail report for you targeting them in a way that I had not considered before.
Tripletail are roamers that like to stick to shade and structure, so people normally catch them near buoys and channel markers.
But today, we explored some moored sailboats and plucked several tripletail from under them.
I was with Capt. Jeff Vickers and he caught over 500 tripletail last year using this strategy!
Check out the video below to see how we did it.
Catching Tripletail Under Sailboats [VIDEO]
- Rod: G. Loomis E6X 7’6″ Heavy Power
- Reel: Shimano Stradic Ci4 3000
- Line: 10 lb PowerPro
- Leader: 30 lb Ande Mono
- Lure: Slam Shady 2.0 rigged on 1/4 oz jig head
Here are three things to keep in mind if you want to catch tripletail under sailboats:
1. Drift to the target zone
By getting upwind of the boats, we were able to quietly drift down toward them without spooking them.
We caught fish both under the boats and near the anchor lines.
2. Tripletail love jigs
We used shrimp lures and paddletails rigged on 1/4 oz jig heads to catch these fish.
They didn’t seem to have too much of a preference of one over the other — the main thing was that we found them and presented a jig to them.
3. Be courteous
Capt. Jeff is out here several times per week targeting these fish under sailboats, so he knows which boats are just moored there unoccupied.
Be sure to not fish boats that are occupied and don’t hit the boats with your lure.
What a fun way to target tripletail!
Even though the weather was bad, we were still able to bring a few to the boat by finding them under moored sailboats and pitching a jig to them.
Have any questions about how to catch tripletail like this?
Let me know down in the comments!
If you’re in the Dunedin, Tampa Bay area and want to go fishing with Capt. Jeff Vickers like I did, visit his website at CaptainJeffVickers.com.
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