swims on the line above the sea floor as the weight rests in the sand far ahead (30 feet or more depending on your leader length).
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.wtsp.com/news/local/red-tide-washing-up-dead-fish-from-sarasota-to-pinellas/326328460) WTSP reported .
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.
I'm skipping "tea-smoked beer-battered tempura trout with black-vinegar aioli" and have for years resisted scaling, gutting and barbequing some fine "Gulf perch" (pinfish
!) as an April Fool's Day prank.
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.
If the fish are close in, a popping, beaded or rattle cork can be rigged with a live pinfish
, jig or jerkbait.