Species Information

Scientific Name:Lagodon rhomboides
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:68-84°F (20-29°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing
Lure Type:Bottom Rig
World Record:3 lb 5 oz (1.51 kg) Horn Island, Mississippi, USA - 9-4-1992
Other Names:pinfish, pin perch,, sand perch

A small fish with an oval body, small mouth, incisor-like teeth and sharp dorsal spines. The body is silvery with yellow and blue horizontal stripes and four or five vertical lines. There is a black spot behind the gill cover. The pectoral and caudal fins are yellow. The dorsal fin is blue and yellow striped. Pinfish grow to 8 inches, but common catches range between 2 inches and 4 inches.

Pinfish rarely school (swim in groups) and are most active in daytime, although some nocturnal activity has been observed. Extremely high and low temperatures cause pinfish to migrate from shallow areas to deeper areas. Adults and juveniles migrate out of the shallower waters in the fall to their spawning grounds in the deeper waters nearshore.

Pinfish are found around pilings, rocks and vegetated areas in shallow waters from Cape Cod, Mass., to Yucatan, Mexico, including the Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda and the northern coast of Cuba.
While notorious for stealing bait, they are popular for live bait fishing. Snook, Spotted seatrout, Tarpon, Red drum, and Flounder feed on pinfish. It is also a prefered bait for may Gag Grouper fishermen.

Latest Pinfish Fishing Reports and Spots

Tampa Bays Fishing Charter - 6/25/2019 9:00:00 AM

96 Tampa Bays Fishing Charter Inshore/Backcountry Summer Tightline Fishing Report  Tampa Bays Fishing Charter View this email in your browser - (View)

Great News For Area Anglers! - 2/6/2022 12:41:00 PM

We've all heard about the re-opening of the bait and tackle shop up at Eagans Creek so I reached out to Amelia Island Bait and Tackle owner Nik (View)

Upcoming Fisherman Dec Reports - 1/5/2020 9:18:28 PM

Got a call from Tibor stating his grandson wanted to catch some fish. We met up at Spinnaker marina at set out.  Joshua was an energetic knowle (View)

Catching kingies on super light gear - 6/20/2020 7:26:31 PM

Skipper Mike shows us how to land a kingie on super light gear using our favourite slow jigging setup - the Ocean Angler Micro Jig v2 rod and P (View)

Untitled Document - 6/19/2019 10:39:21 AM

Keaton Report 3/22 23/19 What a difference a few days make? Well I fished Monday mostly to catch the first pinfish of the year for my trip Tues (View)

Untitled Document - 6/19/2019 10:43:17 AM

Keaton report April 5 – 6 2019 Up and down up and down so goes the yo-yo so goes the trout bite. Sunday Billy and I caught a limit of trout in (View)

Untitled Document - 6/19/2019 10:45:13 AM

Keaton Report April 12 –13 Well as predicted the fishing just got better and better as the water warmed up. Thursday last the water temp in the (View)

keaton report April 19 2019 - 4/19/2019 10:48:00 AM

Keaton Report April 19- 20 Trout fishing was great last weekend if you could get away from the maddening crowds...Yikes most of these folks hav (View)

keaton report April 26 2019 - 4/26/2019 10:55:00 AM

Keaton Beach Report April 26 –27 2019 Trout were better the first of the week when hi tides were mid-day and as the tide moved up into the afte (View)

keaton report May 3 4 2019 - 6/19/2019 10:58:22 AM

editors sorry this is so late but had a busy day in Havana a the MFC commission meeting where the commissioners decided to postpone any action (View)