NEW: FWC will discuss a proposal at the April 26 meeting in Fort Lauderdale to increase the recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 15 to 18 inches total length.  The proposal also includes extending state regulations into federal waters.

View the April Commission meeting presentation on this topic. 


Tripletail: Lobotes surinamensis

Florida Regulations:  

RegulationsGulf State WatersAtlantic State Waters
Size Limit  15” 
Daily Bag Limit  2 Fish Per Person 


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

State Waters Harvest Seasons

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.   

State Record:

40 lb 13 oz

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Image Credit:Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Scientists can determine the age of a fish by counting growth rings, similar to growth rings of a tree, on otoliths, the “inner ear bones” of fish.

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