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Old 07-08-2019, 01:15 PM
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Yeah there was one and then about 5 miles NE there were two more. We pulled right up to them and they had a few really solid triple tails! There was no way to catch them with all the damn rudders...
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:49 PM
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When I've faced a similar situation with a swarm of Jacks and a few Tripletail, I've been successful by breaking up a couple of handful of Sardines and tossing them 50' or so away from the structure. The Jacks are much faster and more aggressive and the whole swarm will leave the structure while the Tripletail tend not to. You generally get a few seconds to drop a bait at his nose.

Anyway the trick has worked for me a couple of times before. Tripletail can make a tasty surprise addition to the offshore fish box.
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
When I've faced a similar situation with a swarm of Jacks and a few Tripletail, I've been successful by breaking up a couple of handful of Sardines and tossing them 50' or so away from the structure. The Jacks are much faster and more aggressive and the whole swarm will leave the structure while the Tripletail tend not to. You generally get a few seconds to drop a bait at his nose.

Anyway the trick has worked for me a couple of times before. Tripletail can make a tasty surprise addition to the offshore fish box.
If they are being finicky if you can get a bait in front of them make sure you hide the hook completely inside the bait with no part of the hook showing. I have found even with a 1/4in of hook showing they wont but, but hide that and the same fish will eat.
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:56 AM
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I was thinking the same thing! We ended up just moving on but should have spent a few moments trying that. I had never seen that many rudder fish before though. It was intense...
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