Cigar minnows are all “Round Scad”, Decapterus punctatus. They are typically between 6 to 9 inches long, but they can grow to 12 inches.
How to Catch Cigar Minnows
It is common to catch them in cast nets or with sabiki rigs in similar areas that you find sardines or threadfin.
Using Cigar Minnows as Bait
They work well for trolling for a variety of species such as sailfish, barracuda, wahoo, king mackerel and bonito. Dead cigar minnows work well for grouper and snapper. Fish them on your favorite trolling rig or live bait rigs.