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Tripletail on bouys

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Went out last weekend and put in some work running bouys, had flies and live shrimp, but it was extremely difficult to get a bite, saw a good number of em especially more big ones than I've ever seen. Took from about 8am-3pm to get my two an 18 and a 24/25. Ran from Ft. Desoto to clearwater twice. I was throwing live shrimp on 1/0 and 20lb flouro and got refused all day except for these two.

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Is this the time of year for Tripletail? I always look for them by the crab buoys on the beach but haven't had any luck.
I fish for em once the stone crab traps come out, and treat em more as opportunity when they are not in season. Honestly its a grind but its fun, pick a ramp close to you an run the bouys on the beach. i try to run one depth or distance from the beach and when i get as far as i wanna go run the next rinse n repeat. sometimes you see em right away and some times you run 100 traps before seeing one. but i love it very active.
 

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I ran the beach last weekend and hooked two on live select shrimp in the 25” class. Landed one and the second opened a 1/0 circle hook and got off. It was tough to get the eat. Both fish let us present to them several times and I think approaching quiet with the trolling motor helped with that. They only ate when the shrimp was drifted right across their lips. They would turn of the buoy and eat it at that point. First time I specifically fished for them and it was a lot of fun running the skiff around the buoys.

Learned a couple of things: 1) don’t use light wire hooks. Go small but beefy. 2) figure out which way the buoy ropes are leaning and try to run the down-current/down-wind side. Almost caught my prop in ropes that were WAY too long for the depth. 3) the elongated/popping cork shape buoys seemed to be more attractive to the TTs than the spherical ones.

Fun trip and looking forward to doing it again soon. The beach being glassed out with no clouds definitely made it more enjoyable
I actually use light wire, Ive found that the first few seconds if you pull em away from the bouy before they wake up and fight you've got em. Ive never had one run back to the bouy after that but it make just be a fluke. Just open up the drag a bit and hang on. I also don't use corks cuz I've found at least the ones I've thrown at, like things diving if I can't get a bite but I through it by the bouy and let it drop they will dive down n nail the shrimp or fly. Im by no means an expert at all but just my experience.
 
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