Joe Furlan with Furlan’s Marine Inc. in Gautier, Mississippi, explains what type of rig to use for catching tripletail. For a tripletail under about 15 pounds, any bait caster will do, but over 15 pounds you really want something with power. Be sure you have plenty of line should the fish run on you. You want a rod that is stiff so you can really set the hook. A soft rod won’t set the hook as hard. If you’re using live bait, use a popping cork and a short leader. You want it to be up no more than 15 inches. For artificial bait, use a light jighead. You want it to come by light and fast so the fish will see it.