Buoy Bass

Like a center cut Grouper Fillet.

Flakey, White, Savory, Moist

Tripletail are a species to themselves. Only the Pacific and Atlantic species exist. The "Buoy Bass" name comes from their enjoyment of hanging around in the shade. Feeding from the bottoms of buoys, kelp beds, even pallets fallen from shipping vessels. They enjoy the crustaceans that inhabit these oceanic oases. With such a broad diet, the Tripletail aquire a complex, savory flavor, while remaining paper white, flakey and moist. Treat the flesh as you would treat the best cut of Grouper and you, your team, and your guests will appreciate the subtle complexity of this undersung species. There is no need to overthink accompanying flavors. The Tripletail has everything you need. One fisherman has stated that, "It could be dragged behind the truck in the mud, and still taste wonderful".

Quick Facts

Commonly Known As:
Buoy Bass, Flasher, Steamboat

  • Species Name


  • Latin Name

    Lobotes surinamensis

  • Origin

    Florida Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico

  • Harvest Method

    Hook & Line

  • Range & Habitat

    South Atlantic & Caribbean

  • Producer

    St Pete Fleet

Year Round

Range & Habitat

about the fishery

St Pete Fleet

St Petersburg Fleet - Jutting between the pristine waters of the Gulf Of Mexico and the vast span Atlantic Ocean, Florida Vessels have the best of both worlds. Day Boat and Long Line Fisheries produce a bounty of tropical species as well as migratory predators and pelagic species. 

Ask any fish monger about procuring Gulf species and he’ll mention St. Petersburg, Florida (“St. Pete” for short). Vast varieties of fin-fish ranging from tuna and swordfish to groupers and snappers are distributed through this historically-rich region of the Florida coastline. Expect to also see a robust selection of Keys-caught species like yellowtail snapper, Caribbean Red Snapper and Hogfish to come through St. Pete. It’s regionally situated in a perfect location for national distribution and with our Q&A in place, it’s always top quality.

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