What Region do they normally live?
These fish reside in most tropical and subtropical seas around the world. Like many of the species we see off the Texas coast, tripletail are found from Massachusetts south along the coast of the Atlantic and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. During the colder winter months, they are not found in the shallow flats of Texas, as they are known to be somewhat migratory and will move to warmer waters.
What habitat do they prefer?
Tripletail are normally solitary fish, but can be found schooled up with other fish when the right conditions exist. During the warmer months when they move into the shallower waters, these fish are found in bays, sounds and estuaries. Tripletails prefer structure and can be found motionless adjacent to posts or pilings. They also are well known for their ability to “float” and can be found or underneath or alongside floating materials, whether man-made or natural.