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n. pl. pinfish or pin·fish·es
Any of several small spiny-finned marine fishes of the family Sparidae, especially Lagodon rhomboides of North America, found in coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) a small porgy, Lagodon rhomboides, occurring off the SE North American coast of the Atlantic. Also called: sailor's choice
[so named because it has spines]



n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
a small, spiny-finned porgy, Lagodonrhomboides, inhabiting bays of the S Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.
[1875–80, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinfish - similar to sea breampinfish - similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States
sparid, sparid fish - spiny-finned food fishes of warm waters having well-developed teeth
genus Lagodon, Lagodon - a genus of Sparidae
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The spring cobia migration brings these fish to near-shore waters to feast on pinfish schools that hold near the beaches.
Dropping small live baits like pinfish or pilchards on 6 to 12 foot leaders works well.
But the true losers of red tide are the fish -- thousands of grouper, pinfish, sea trout and snook have washed up dead on the shores so far, (http://www.
Dominant species included pinfish and pipefish, present through the year, and several species of sciaenids which showed seasonal peaks.
The contrast of the reddish glow first appearing in the water was as rewarding as feeling the first thump when my pinfish had been eaten.
The other fishes that we tested are senorita wrasses (Oxyjulis californica), bonnethead sharks (Sphyrna tiburo), mummichogs, or killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus), and pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides).
Thomas of Sterling a 2-pound white perch on a heavy medium shiner; James Brown of Worcester a 4-11 smallmouth on a live yellow perch; Glen Eagan of Sterling a 1-10 white perch; and Dave Nelson a 4-9 smallmouth pinfish on a Bitsy Jig.
Abstract--Life-history dynamics of pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) were examined from data derived from random-station surveys conducted in Tampa Bay and adjacent Gulf of Mexico waters during 1993-97.
The pinfish Lagodon rhomboides was fed commercial food pellets every morning with feeding assays commencing in the early afternoon.
Drifting by this structure and casting live pinfish, sardines or jigs produces snook and redfish not only during the peak months of June to August, but year-round.
Another winning trait of these prolific predators is that they will eat just about anything--shrimp, menhaden, croakers, pinfish, bull minnows, small finger mullet and a variety of soft plastics, top water plugs, and crank baits.
Also, Faletti is working on an intriguing new population study of pinfish, funded by the Florida Forage Fish Coalition, a recent partnership of private conservation groups.