How To Catch The Pinfish – Secrets That Will Make You Stunned

If you are targeting a big fish, start with a good bait.

And what else can serve as a good bait if not a pinfish? And you may then ask me how to catch pinfish? Well, to be honest, the journey down the road to capture a good alive pinfish is not a comfortable one.


There will be times when you are struggling with your gears to decide which one to choose to catch your hunt. Not to mention there will be the long duration of waiting... waiting... and waiting. 

But don't get overwhelmed so soon as here I am for rescuing you from all this trouble of wrestling with yourself.

I am putting here my experience of all the methods of hunting to help you choose the best that works for you. And don't forget the reward.

Once you have a pool of live baits, you can capture large meaty treats for your supper. So grab all your gears, let the boats sail; we are on the hunt for a pinfish!

What You'll Need!!

Among so many methods and tools, we will choose the one that will ensure a good catch with a little patience. Let’s make a list of what we will need to catch our prey:

All Gearing Up Fishing

Yes, you heard that right! We are going to catch our prey with a line and a hook.

While there are many alternatives to catch a pinfish, which one works best is somewhat debatable.

  • Some may like the traditional approach of using a fishing rod or a fishing net
  • Others may favor modern tools such as traps and cages. Each one has their pros and cons.

If handled smartly, any of them can bring favorable results in the form of a good capture. 

  • However, a newbie or a first timer can mess up even with the simplest one.
  • What's more, an idea about the place of hooking your hunt is also equally important.

If you are using a trap, look for thickest grass beds and place the trap onto a grassy sandy spot. You can also target trout flats to find a large school of pinfish.

However, before you run to grab your traps, you need to get familiar with all the technical aspects such as the right depth to put your trap, the appropriate bait to use in your traps, and so on.

Moreover, you may need to set a trap, dropping it in water and checking it from time to time, before you get a good catch.

Otherwise, you may preferably cast a net in a cold early morning and may end up in awe looking at all the grass and weeds your net has pulled.

fishing methods

If you lack all that patience to trap a catch and are not a technical one who does like messing up with all those tools for fishing, as in my case, you can go for using a hook and line.

This is the best approach to catch a hunt without getting messy and wet in the river water.

It may sound tricky at first, but will surely get you a good reward in the end. And as we say, a little patience is always rewarding. So once you have grabbed your gears, let's see how they work.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The process of capturing a pinfish with hook and line is pretty simple. All you have to do is to look for a river bed or grass flat that possibly holds a school of pinfish, grab a chunk of bait on a small hook, and go fishing. 

Here I have summed up the steps for a better understanding:

Step 1: Prepare For The Treat

The first and foremost thing is to grab a chunk of Berkley Gulp baits to get a nice feast for pinfish. It doesn’t make much difference if the bait is ripped, torn, or bitten.

Pinfish simply loves to dig their teeth into the Berkley Gulp baits.

Berkley Gulp baits
  • You need to cut the Gulp baits into small pieces so that the pinfish can easily engulf them. The smaller the pieces the better the chance of their being picked up.

Step 2: Get A Small Hook

small hook

Once your bait is ready, you need a small hook optimally a little larger in size than a sabiki hook. Attach a little weight to the hook before putting it onto the spinning rod.

Once you are done with this step, consider your gears being ready to hit the stage.

Step 3: Make Your Move

Throw your hook with the attached Gulp bait as forcefully as you can. The trick is to place the hook near the areas where the possibility of finding a pinfish is the highest.

There are a few techniques that you can probably apply to get the maximum out of your throw:

  • Let your hook sit at the bottom - When hunting for prey on flat grounds, the best way is to cast out your line and allow it to sit at the bottom to wait for the pinfish to take its turn.
  • Bounce your hook along the bottom - Preferably my way of getting a good catch, just cast your line and let it fall to the bottom, wait for a while and simply lift it up to about a foot, and then let it sink back down. Do remember to retrieve the slack line before repeating the process as it sometimes gets struck by falling back.
  • Drag your hook along the bottom - Easiest among all, and suitable for young, naive anglers, just drag your hook along the bottom to catch your prey.

You can choose any that suits your level of comfort and personal preference.

Step 4: Grab Your Catch

grab your catch

Once you have hooked up a pinfish, quickly reel it in, and toss into your well. Pinfish is a vivacious creature, quick enough to escape if you give it some time before reeling it in.

So if you don't want your catch to break free and do away with all your effort and patience, you need to be speedy and agile.

Here's a video on YouTube showing how you should adopt the steps to get a good catch all the time.

Alternatively, you can use a sabiki rig for bait if you fall short of Berkley Gulp baits. The following video will show you how:

Target Bigger Fishes!

Well, that's an extra bonus. You can use your current catch of pinfish to capture bigger fishes for a tasty meaty feast. So give it a try and prepare for a treat in supper.

Winding It Up

kids can grab a catch

Hope you enjoyed the journey of grabbing a pinfish with me. My love for fishing has always motivated me to explore ways that work best and are most satisfying. The method of capturing a pinfish with a hook and line is rewarding in a dual manner.

  • First, it helps you get a catch on every throw of the line. You can catch as many pinfishes as you want.
  • And second, it gives you an opportunity to engage your family and kids in the fishing process thereby making it a celebration itself. Considering its simplicity, even young kids can grab a catch with this style of bait catching.

You can enjoy a fun-filled, rewarding time with your family catching your prey, followed by a fulfilling meal after that.

Do try it out and don't forget to share your experiences in the comments. Share this article with your friends and peers if you find it useful.

Ted Thomas

Hi there, I'm Ted Thomas, an ardent adventure writer. I write for readers with a genuine interest in enjoying the great outdoors. By sharing my experiences camping, hunting and fishing, I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.

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