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Old 07-24-2019, 08:48 AM   #1
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Tips for Tripletail

My dad had a stroke a while back and his equilibrium is still slightly off, but he wants to test out his sea legs on some tripletail. Any advice on how to target tripletail out of Sabine or Galveston.
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:57 AM   #2
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I'm sure there are some in Galveston Bay (I would guess East or West Bay in 5-7 feet of water under something that provides shade), but I've never seen any there. I have seen a few in odd places in the Sabine area. We never specifically target them. We make opportunistic stops at buoys or floating debris in West Matagorda Bay - where I've seen the most TTs, and where there are a lot of guides who specialize in catching them.

When in West Matagorda Bay wading, I will have a spinning rig set up with an imitation shrimp on it, but if you are leaving the dock searching for them, I understand large live shrimp are irresistible to TTs.
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:49 AM   #3
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dont they hang out the same areas as mangrove snapper?
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I hear there's a tripletail article in the July issue of Texas Saltwater Fishing magazine. Probably in the stores any day.
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Man, about two weeks ago, we were out drifting in East Bay and had a huge Tripletail swim right up to the boat. If I wouldn’t have been in shock, I could’ve netted him. lol It was my first time to see one in the bay system. And the dude above was right, it was in about 5-7 ft of water, laying on it’s side, at the surface.
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:18 PM   #6
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They can be tough to specifically target. Offshore and beachfront if you can find a weed line or something floating in the water you should definitely look. They can also be seen right near the jetties but it needs to be calm or they won't float on the surface. A Gulp shrimp or Gulp crab would be a good choice on a light spinner with just a hook. DOA shrimp would be another choice.

You really just have to keep a sharp eye out and hopefully get a little lucky too. I know there are people that have them pretty well figured out but I sure haven't.
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Well we might give it a try this weekend if the wind stays down, it seems like visibility is more important than perhaps depth. Last time we ran out of Sabine we found scattered weeds 20 or 30 miles out but didn't stop to explore. I doubt we will go near that far out this time, so we will see whats floating closer to home.
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I have caught a number of them over the years with in a mile of the TCD in the bay. Is it something you can count on no. If its glass smooths and you want to run around to anything that is floating or a gas well this time of the year there is a slim shot at them. I would just run out to the beach and find anything floating or weed lines. I have caught them off buckets, shoes, hats,crab trap floats, bottles, you name it. Live shrimp is like candy to them, but like bird said the gulp and the new 2.75 doa work well most days.
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tarpon short strike

they like shrimp, and their mouth is small. we use any kind of white tail, on a light jig head. cut the tail off immediately below the hook, you can spoon feed them beside the boat. it's always 100% site casting. you'll see them either slowly swimming along the surface, or floating beside any kind of debris. they are always on their side like a flounder. cast past them, bring it across the surface until they see it, stop reeling, it will begin to sink. this draws a strike every time, the second they grab it, stick-em hard. have a loose drag, the big ones will smoke a trout rod. a lot of fun, good luck.
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