FAST FACTS: What you should know about the triple tail

A GLADSTONE fisherman is involved in a worldwide research project on the triple tail fish species.

It's an elusive catch that is not commonly targeted.

Read more: The new data helping Gladstone fishermen

Daniel Powell with a tripletail fish he caught in the Gladstone region. Photo Contributed
Daniel Powell with a tripletail fish he caught in the Gladstone region. Photo Contributed Contributed

Here's five things that you may not have known about the species:

  • The triple tail (scientific name Lobotes surinamensis) is a tropical sport fish, caught mainly on lures and flys.
  • They are found in shallow reef, sand and mud areas and juvenilles are more commonly found in estuary systems.
  • It can grow to 90cm and weigh 18g. 
  • It is also known as a black perch, dusky perch, flasher and jumping cod.
  • They are usually found around mooring buoys and other floating objects. 

For three years Daniel Powell has scoured the Gladstone region fishing spots for them, and says he's found five.

In that time the experienced recreational fisherman has caught 38.

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