- Unregulated Species
Pinfish are a common baitfish that can tolerate waters of highly varying conditions – they will thrive in waters from 50-95 degrees and any amount of salinity from freshwater to full saltwater. Due to their hardy nature, they can be found everywhere from the coast of Massachusetts to the Yucatan Peninsula. They spawn offshore from late fall to early winter and eggs are carried inshore by ocean currents where they settle in shallow waters until maturity.
Predators of the pinfish include many prized sportfish of Southwest Florida including grouper, snapper, trout, redfish, snook, and countless others. There are many ways to catch pinfish – a pinfish trap made of chicken wire that can be found at your local bait shop is a good option as well as hook and line fishing near a grass flat, or chumming up an area for cast netting.