What's hot: Cooling water temperatures mean tripletail are migrating into our area. Tripletail can be found just below the surface, close to floating objects such as crab trap buoys and debris. Stone crab season opened Oct. 15, which means thousands of buoys may hold one of these tasty fish. Tripletail fillets are firm and have a sweet taste. Most of the fish in our area are in the 5- to 10-pound class.
Bait: Small crustaceans are a primary food source, so a shrimp would be a good choice, but small pinfish or scaled sardines work.
Tackle: Tripletail have small mouths, so tie a No. 1 or 1/0 circle hook to a short length of 15- to 20-pound leader. Suspend this rig under a float.
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 385-0382.