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Old 09-15-2006, 12:46 PM
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I am fairly proficient at marking threads and pilchards with the bottom machine and can throw a good net. I also have sabiki rigs and little gold hooks ect.... However I don't know how to go about locating this very popular snook bait called pinfish. Please help.
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However I don't know how to go about locating this very popular snook bait called pinfish. Please help.
They are located right in this general area. Glad I could be of assistance to you!


Hints: your better off netting them than using sabiki or gold hooks (unless you have a fast 21 Contender that can run out to local offshore pinfish spots...load the well with sabiki caught pins and run back in) Use chum in shallow water, low current spots until you get them all worked up, then throw your net on top. Or do it the slow way with small gold hooks tipped with squid in the same spots.

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squid tipped sabiki's on any shallow grass bed will hold some pinfish. dont know about the west coast but that's the case here on the east.
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buy you a pinfish trap.put it in the water 4 or 5 hours plenty of fish!!
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This works for me. I mix corm meal and menhaden oil to a mush. Anchor on a grass flat and toss it out about the distance you can throw your cast net. Use a spoon or something. It will go to the bottom and the slick will drift down current. Within 5 minutes or so you will have a school of pinfish within casting distance. You can add a can of cat food or dog food if you like.
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You guys rock! Thanks, now all I have to do is finish my chores and splash the boat. To bad the tide sucks tonight for lights fishing.

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trap in the water overnight, works everytime.
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I can usually put 20-25 pinfish in the well in about 15 minutes using two tiny gold hooks, small weight and diced squid during warmer months. Less grass and crap in the boat than throwing my 10' net. Find a grassy area with good current flow in 3-5 feet of water and drop your bait. Squid is more durable on the hook than shrimp, but both attract the pinfish equally well.

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PS Grunts (Pigfish) make great Snook bait too. sometimes they work better than pinfish.
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sabiki on grass flats with small pieces of squid. throw over a bag of chum and youll double your haul
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Any good spots to find Pinfish in the Palm Beach, Jupiter area? Any help would be appreciated.
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I can usually put 20-25 pinfish in the well in about 15 minutes using two tiny gold hooks, small weight and diced squid during warmer months. Less grass and crap in the boat than throwing my 10' net. Find a grassy area with good current flow in 3-5 feet of water and drop your bait. Squid is more durable on the hook than shrimp, but both attract the pinfish equally well.

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PS Grunts (Pigfish) make great Snook bait too. sometimes they work better than pinfish.
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Lincoln, just east of the US1 bridge in North Palm (just south of PGA, North end of Lake Worth) any of the flats out side of the channel hold pins. Jupiter, go north of the inlet in the ICW and find grass.

And in my opinion you are much better off catching pins then netting them. Chum and a sibiki rig tipped with squid is killer. Why deal with the mess of throwing a net. And for the record I have 4 nets in my boat I use for white bait and Threadies so I aint skered to throw a net.

Also just to add some more info, the Pins move to the bridges in the winter time.
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Also try deep protected docks around marinas for the big boys. If you want a 1/2 lb pinfish use large sabiki's tipped with squid.
For smaller fish, grass beds with a decent tide, Jack Mac for chum and throw a 10' net.
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