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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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Among abundant local prey species, sailfish will eat pinfish, blue runners, and mullet (some of which may still be around from the epic fall run).
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.
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.
A staple of our Big Bend fishery, seatrout hang out over lush grassbeds, hunting for the pinfish, white bait and crustaceans that swim there.
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.
Freshcut ladyfish make excellent baits as do white grunts, pinfish, and scaled sardines.
Our captain, Brian Premaza [of Islamorada], had the well loaded with pinfish and greenies before we got there and we ran across the bay to Flamingo first thing.
Erix Rodriguez with 65-and 74-pound black grouper on live pinfish out of Marco Island.
Anchor upcurrent of these areas and drift back a jig tipped with a live pilchard or pinfish.
Slot-sized redfish are being caught on the backsides of the barrier islands on pinfish, pilchards and on chunks of ladyfish.
If you're finding flashy pinfish in the grassbeds, then a copper or gold colored weedless spoon is hard to beat.