Triple Tail Fish - Making Secret FADs

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Instructor: William Toney

Triple tail fish are elusive and difficult to catch due to saltwater fishing pressure. To attract them, create your own FADs and place them near known holding areas. Captain William Toney demonstrates how to create FADs using rope, blocks, crab buoys, and biodegradable ingredients. This method makes fishing easier and prevents any waste in the ocean.

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  • Fish Overview: The triple tail fish, also known as the blackfish, is highly regarded by seafood enthusiasts for its exceptional taste.
  • Behavior: These fish usually prefer solitude but can sometimes be found in schools.
  • Migration Patterns: They migrate along Florida's west coast and exhibit an east-west movement in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
  • Favorite Spots: Triple tails often frequent pilings, crab buoys, and channel markers.
  • Fishing Tips: Establishing a Tripletail FAD can be a game-changer. It serves as an aggregating device to attract more fish.
  • Fishing Instructional: Captain William Toney, a seasoned fishing guide, offers invaluable tips and techniques in his video tutorial.
  • Bait Preference: Live shrimp is the most effective bait for tripletail.
The Triple Tail Fish: An Oceanic Delight

The triple tail fish, often referred to as the blackfish, holds a special place among seafood enthusiasts. Regarded as one of the ocean's finest delicacies, it offers a tantalizing taste that's second to none. Interestingly, the behavior and patterns of this fish also make it a fascinating subject for those in the fishing community.

Nature and Migration Patterns

While these fish are typically lone rangers, there are times when they decide to school up, making them a sight to behold. They exhibit intriguing migration patterns:

  • They move north and south along Florida's west coast.
  • In the northern Gulf of Mexico, their movement can be east to west.

This migratory behavior means that their presence in certain Gulf regions can be unpredictable. However, a tip for the eager fishermen: if a blackfish is spotted in a particular zone, word likely travels fast. Expect a congregation of fishing enthusiasts in no time.

Popular Triple Tail Spots

Finding a tripletail isn't as challenging as one might think. This unique fish has a penchant for certain structures:

  • Pilings
  • Crab buoys
  • Channel markers

Simply inspect a series of these structures, and you might just find a lurking tripletail. But a word of caution: their predictable hangout spots also make them susceptible to overfishing. Given the fierce competition, it's always smart to have an ace up your sleeve.

Introducing the Tripletail FAD (Fish Aggregating Device)

Rather than banking solely on popular spots, why not create your own hotspot? Setting up a tripletail FAD can be your secret weapon. And guess what? It's simpler than it sounds.

Triple Tail Fishing Video

    Watch Now: Dive into this instructional video by the fourth-generation Homosassa, Florida fishing guide, Captain William Toney. With years of experience under his belt, Captain Toney unveils his secrets. From targeting blackfish to crafting eco-friendly FADs, he shares it all. The essentials you'll need:

  • Heavy blocks
  • Rope
  • Palm fronds
  • Crab buoys or a similar float

    Learn how Captain Toney assembles the aggregator and the most effective methods to deploy them, ensuring you maximize your catch while minimizing the typical fishing pressure.

The Irresistible Lure: Live Shrimp

When it comes to bait, tripletail has a clear favorite: live shrimp. Few inshore fishing species can turn away from this tempting offer. Captain Toney will also walk you through the intricacies of baiting – from hooking a live shrimp to adjusting for the current's strength. He ensures your bait stays right where you want it: in the strike zone.

Furthermore, get ready to delve deep into Captain Toney's personal bait rig setup. He'll shed light on his preferred:

  • Line type
  • Leader
  • Cork
  • Hooks
  • Jig heads

Fishing for tripletail might sound simple, but having these insider tips can be the difference between a good day and a great one. Dive in, and may your fishing adventures be fruitful!

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Captain William Toney

Captain William Toney, a Florida native, is a fourth-generation fishing guide known for his expertise in Redfish, Sea Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Snook and other fish species. He is a licensed and insured guide, a Homosassa Guide's Association member, and hosts 'In The Spread', an online fishing instruction platform. Toney's expertise in redfish, tides, and bait presentation is unparalleled, and he shares his knowledge on seasonal fish migration patterns and tidal flows. His dedication to passing on his knowledge to younger generations is invaluable.

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