Sure, the heat is suffocating. You can barely stand to be outside, and you spend your sleeping hours dreaming of crisp leaves, pumpkin cake and October cool fronts.
That's because you're not a tripletail. To these mysterious fish, a fall front is colder than Santa's outhouse. They love summer, and the hotter the weather, the happier they are.
Because they despise the cold, the fish spend most of their lives in temperate offshore waters, but when Lake Borgne gets near the point of boiling in the late summer, tripletails just can't resist moving inshore to fill their bellies. They're fascinating fish that are fun to target, and they taste better than just about anything else that swims.
To take advantage of the annual tripletail run, I set out with my good fishing buddy, Capt. Justin Bowles, to run crab-trap corks in Lake Borgne in search of the cover-clinging fish. But first, we targeted redfish in the Biloxi Marsh, just waiting for the sun to get high enough to help us see the tripletails.
The day was far from ideal, but we pulled plenty of fish over the gunwale.
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