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
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.
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.