pin·​fish ˈpin-ˌfish How to pronounce pinfish (audio)
: a small compressed dark green grunt (Lagodon rhomboides) that has sharp dorsal spines and occurs along the Atlantic coast

Examples of pinfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, look for reds around the bays on the east end of Mississippi Sound and the Dauphin Island bridge and catch them on small pinfish or croakers. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Oct. 2021 Dixey Bar and Sand Island light are holding plenty, ready to grab large soft plastics on jigs as well as live pinfish, croakers or other small fish. Frank Sargeant, al, 6 Aug. 2021 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, 3 Nov. 2019 Mullet and pinfish are the hardiest, with menhaden, sardines, and ballyhoo being less so. Bob McNally, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 16 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pinfish was in 1878

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“Pinfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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