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Catching Pinfish

Catching Pinfish

Pinfish

Catching Pinfish:

Pinfish are one of the easiest baitfish to catch.   The species is commonly encountered over bare sand, rock reefs,  and off of inlet jetties.  They are more active at night.  A small piece of salted shrimp or a chunk of gulp shrimp on a size 1 or size 2 hook with a small bobber will take pinfish.  Pinfish traps are the most efficient technique to take pinfish.  Purchase traps online, or your local tackle shop.  The tunnel opening to a pinfish trap is different from a regular minnow trap. It is a vertical opening rather than a round hole.

 

Food Value:

None

Regulations:

Permanently affixed the harvester’s name and address to the trap.

Attach a buoy to the trap no smaller than 6 inches and marked with a legible “R” that is at least 2 inches tall

 

Life Cycle:

Adult pinfish are found offshore in 30 to 50 feet of water.  The juveniles are what we catch inshore.  They are tolerant of a large temperature range of 50-95 degrees so they should be present during most weather conditions.  It takes about 1 year for a pinfish to mature.  During fall mature pinfish migrate offshore to spawn.  They do not return inshore.  The pinfish population inshore is at its lowest from fall to early winter.

Migration: 

Move offshore from late fall to early spring.  Juveniles are abundant inshore during the summer months.