Seagrass Flats, Mangrove Swamps, Corals rich with Barnacles
1 - 3 pounds
4" - 16"
Pinfishes are not as small as a pin. Nor, are they as long as one. Their namesake appears to come from the spines that form their dorsal fin. Its dorsal fin alone has 12 spines which is why it’s a pretty difficult fish to handle. Not because it’s vicious but it’ll prick you in places you don’t want to be pricked if you don’t catch the Pinfish right.
Pinfish have dark vertical bars covering their silvery-white body. Their backs are dark olive green but have pigmentations of yellow, blue, green, and rarely, neon purple.
Pinfishes don’t really eat other fish as an adult. But they’re not picky either. Usually, they hang around the bottom near rocks and corals where they can feast on their all-time favorite: barnacles. However, juvenile Pinfish are known to be piscivorous. They like eating crustaceans and fish fry.
Pinfish are pretty small. They usually grow up only to 4.5 inches. So far though, these fish are not known to extend past 8 inches. However, this may be so because Pinfish are normally preyed on by other fish such as the Alligator Gar, Longnose Gar, Southern Sea Trout, Red Drum, and other fish.
When fishing for a Pinfish, the first thing to check is what time of the day it is and what the temperature is. Pinfish are easily affected by