Commercial Regulations for Tripletail


Tripletail: Lobotes surinamensis

Commercial Regulations:  


Gulf State Waters

Atlantic State Waters

Size Limit

 15” total length

Daily Bag Limit

10 per person or per vessel per day whichever is less 


License Requirements: Not a Mobile-Enabled Link Saltwater Products License (SPL), Restricted Species Endorsement (RS)


Gear Regulations:

  • Legal Gear: hook and line gear only (no nets or spearing)   
  • Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait; snatching prohibited

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Like many other pelagic species, tripletail associate strongly with floating objects. They can be found throughout Florida waters and anglers generally find them suspended under buoys, channel markers and other floating objects. Tripletails spend much of their time in brackish water bays and estuaries. Catching tripletail is an art and requires both skill and patience. Finding the fish and using the right bait and tackle are the keys to success. Successful fishers typically use a live shrimp on very light tackle with little or no lead.   

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