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|Scientific Name:||Lagodon rhomboides|
|Environment:||Inshore, Nearshore, Surf|
|Ideal Temp:||68-84°F (20-29°C)|
|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
Today we caught Mangrove Snapper Pinfish Grouper Seatrout Flounder Redfish Ladyfish Jack Crevalle Bonnethead Shark and Needlefish - and almost (View
Gag grouper have been plentiful around the 100-140′ range. However they can be caught anywhere from 30-300′. Live pinfish are still the bait of (View
Judging by the amount of Ladyfish we caught today and the variety of Jacks Mangroves Sharks and Pinfish I'd say it is still Summer! I had met (View
Gag grouper season is off to a fantastic start! Most fish being caught using pinfish in the 130-140′ range along with some solid yellowtail sna (View
Outer Banks Fishing Report: on the beaches we have been catching spot croakers sea mullet bluefish and a few red drum. Picture of Joey with a 1 (View
Summertime fishing is certainly in full swing! Offshore reports are staying consistent with a fair amount of red snapper reported solid scamp m (View
It's great to see a grandmother taking her grandsons fishing! I met Cindy Gray and her two grandsons Alex and Henry down at the Sawpit Creek (View
07-06-23 The last few days have been fun fishing. I fished with 2 of my favorite people Ross and Mindy on Thursday at Flamingo. Ross loves Tarp (View
This week I fished Flamingo Key Largo. The Tarpon were thick at Flamingo although finicky. we eventually on caught them on a couple different t (View
I am fishing with brothers Thomas and Raul today in the Everglades back country. We are back here a few days after Hurricane Nicole passed thru (View