pin·​fish | \ ˈpin-ˌfish How to pronounce pinfish (audio) \

Definition of pinfish

: a small compressed dark green grunt (Lagodon rhomboides) that has sharp dorsal spines and occurs along the Atlantic coast

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Recent Examples on the Web Big redfish, over 20 pounds, also come and go at the pier—most anglers who want to tangle with them rely on a live pinfish, single-hooked through the back, and use 50-pound-test braid on medium heavy spinning gear. Frank Sargeant, al, "Looking for a new fishing hole? Catch the bite along Alabama’s Gulf Coast," 3 Nov. 2019 Mullet and pinfish are the hardiest, with menhaden, sardines, and ballyhoo being less so. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 The smaller reds readily take live shrimp and killifish minnows, while the lunkers prefer finger mullet, grunts and pinfish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s hooking fish on Alabama lakes?," 1 Nov. 2019 Baitfish traps are easy to use, and are very effective at collecting some small baitfish, including pinfish, killifish, and mud or bull minnows. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 Keeper size reds are around the gas rigs and shell bars as well as marsh creek mouths on falling tides—live mullet, pinfish or shrimp will get them, as well quarter-ounce jigs and Slick Lures. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Forecast: Find out what’s reeling 'em in on Alabama waters," 23 Aug. 2019 And the kids will compete in several species not available during the ADSFR, including sea robins, croakers, hardhead catfish, spadefish, oysterfish, pinfish and whiting. Frank Sargeant,, "Dr. Bob Shipp ready for 35th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo," 16 July 2017

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1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Pinfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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