Lobotes Surinamensis



Onshore, Nearshore, Inshore, Estuaries, Bays

2 - 20 pounds

18" - 36"


Also Known As: Tripletail, Black Grunt, Black Perch, Bouyfish, Flasher, Chobie, Biajaca De La Mar, Flasher, Steamboat

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Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) Description

The Tripletail or commonly known as the Atlantic Triple Tail is a medium-sized saltwater game fish. It has an olive color mixed with dark or white blotches. It has a large, round-like, body with small eyes. Its caudal fin has a round shape and both its anal and rear dorsal fin have a round shape that extends toward the back. The appearance of the rear dorsal fin and anal fin has the same shape as the caudal fin, hence the name triple tail.


Size and Diet

The tripletail can get as big as 3 feet long and weigh as heavy as 40.8 lbs. On average, they are only 18 inches long and weigh between 2 to 13 lbs. The tripletail is an opportunistic carnivorous fish. They are known to eat shrimps, crabs, and baitfish.


Interesting Facts About the Tripletail

  • The tripletail has the ability to change its color from a mix of white and black to either black or white.
  • Triple trails rapidly grow from their first year alone. It is believed to be an adaptation to quickly outgrow and protect themselves from predators.
  • If you catch one a tripletail, be careful when handling one and avoid holding around the gills. Their gills are razor sharp.
  • Juvenile triple tails mostly have mottled black, brown, and white coloration
  • The tripletail is also known for having a firm and tasty meat, some anglers claim the taste is close to that of a Red Snapper or Grouper.
  • One of the defense mechanisms of the triple trail is to lie on its sides to mimic floating weeds or any materials near them.


Tripletail Fishing Techniques