OTHER NAMES: Spanish
RANGE: All Florida coasts.
HABITAT: Small pinfish
swarm over inshore grass flats in warm or temperate weather, retreating
to deeper water with dropping temperatures. They also can be found
around other cover, such as rocks and bars.
DESCRIPTION: Silvery with
many narrow longitudinal yellow lines and, sometimes, dim vertical bars.
Dark patch just behind gill cover. Spines of dorsal and anal fin are
sharp, hence the name. Primarily used as bait.
SIZE: Most run 3-6 inches,
but may range as high as a pound or more. World record 3 pounds, 5
Only the largest are really suitable for the table; small ones have
excessive and tiny bones.
GAME QUALITIES: An
aggressive striker and zippy fighter, much like a small Jack.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Bits of
cut shrimp, fish, or bacon, fished on tiny hooks with cane poles or
ultra-light spinning outfits, will catch the most.
FISHING SYSTEMS: Drifting;