They are the gypsies of the sea, appearing in seemingly random occurrence anywhere from coastal beach shallows to deep offshore waters. Tripletail, one of the sea’s tastiest catches have an interesting feeding strategy that lends itself well to varied habitats and offers the occasional bonus catch to alert anglers.

So named for trident appearance created by the proximity of dorsal, anal and caudal (tail) fins; tripletail like their structure, but they don’t actually hide, per se. Rather, they blend in with their environment by laying on their sides and mimicking flotsam or clumps of sea growth that clings to buoy lines, bridge pilings, etc. When prey swims close, a trip springs to life and gobbles the hapless meal.

The key to maximizing such opportunities is preparation. Flies, light jigs, even tiny swimbaits will tempt tripletail, but you can’t beat a live bait (shrimp or indigenous baitfish). And since tripletail like to stake out particular spot, you’ll do best by hanging that bait beneath a Bomber Saltwater Grade Paradise Popper Xtreme. Hook shrimp just under the horn and rig live baits through the nose.

No need to pop in this scenario, just cast upcurrent, let the meal drift past the target and the tripletail’s appetite will do the rest.