Fishing with Spot Tail Pinfish as Bait

Fishing with Live Bait & Natural Baits

Spot Tail Pinfish look similar to pinfish with the exception of a big, black spot near their tail.  They are caught offshore while bottom fishing.  If you catch some of these fish, send them back down there as bait.  They will work for many species of bottom fish.

How to Catch Spot Tail Pinfish

sabiki rig usually works well and it is common to catch 4 or 5 at once on these rigs.  You can also just use a single hook and weight with a piece of shrimp or cut bait.  A simple drop shot rig works well.

Using Spot Tail Pinfish as Bait

Pinfish are eaten by so many different species of fish such as grouper, snook, tarpon, sea trout, redfish, flounder and many others.  It is no different with the spot tail pinfish.  Most anglers will use them on a fish finder rig, but any other live bait rig will work too.  Make sure you use an appropriate size hook for the bait you are using so you can get a better hookset into some of the bigger fish that you will be catching.


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