Where to Find Them
The triple tail habitat ranges over the entire Atlantic seaboard, but they are more commonly found in warmer tropical areas. In the waters of Key West, triple tails are most abundant during summer or early fall, with a preference for structures like shipwrecks, floating debris, and sea pilings. Though usually a solitary fish, they do form into schools upon occasion and are often found near the surface of deeper waters.
Lure and Tackle
The triple tail is not a particularly picky eater and will often congregate near structures that have in the water long enough to attract small bait fish. They’ll go after a variety of live baits when they’re hungry, including bumpers, anchovies, and a variety of crustaceans. With triple tails, it’s probably more important to fish near the type of structures they prefer than to use exactly this or that bait.
Rules and Regulations
There are only two regulations you really have to worry about with the Key West triple tail. First, they have to be at least 15″ long to be harvested legally. Second, there’s a two fish bag limit per person. So it’s not the regulations you have to worry about with the triple tail — it’s fishing the right spots and landing them after they’re on the hook!