Fly fishing for Triple Tail in Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico

I cant believe it is already November and we still have yet to cool down! Regardless the triple tail have been abundant in the gulf of Mexico and inside Sarasota Bay. I have noticed that most of the fish are on the smaller side, my guess is that when the crab traps were first set out the meat fisherman in the area pillaged the traps for the larger keeper sized triple tail. Occasionally you will find a larger triple tail that may seem a bit more educated than your typical fish.

 

In order to find these fish you need a few key factors to come into play:

  1. Sunshine and lots of it! (Clouds hinder visibility)
  2. Crab Traps the triple tails main home although you may find these fish under any type of flotsam on the water.
  3. Light winds because in rougher seas the fish wont float as high as we need to be able to sight and feed them flies.

 

I like to throw small shrimp patterns when targeting these fish. I prefer to pull the fly towards the crab trap as if the presentation is trying to seek shelter under the buoy.  In my experience I have had the best luck with bring the fly right across the nose of the triple tail. Many times you may fed and hook the same fish a few times before landing it!

 

Along with triple tail I tend to keep an eye out for diving birds and churned up water from the feeding activity of mackerel and bonita. My typical charter when targeting these fish starts after day break and consists of constant running and gunning between checking the crab traps for trips to chasing bonita and mackerel. When done right it can be non stop fun that will challenge most any angler!

 

Sarasota Bay Triple Tail caught on a micro shrimp fly.

Sarasota Bay Triple Tail caught on a micro shrimp fly.

 

Tony with a solid tripletail caugt in the Gulf of Mexico while fishing the beaches of Sarasota

Tony with a solid tripletail found floating in the Gulf of Mexico while fishing the beaches of Sarasota

 

Bill Patterson with his first ever Tripletail caught on fly.

Bill Patterson with his first ever Tripletail caught on fly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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