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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.
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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]
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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.]
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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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A pinfish 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, ( 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 (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.
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.