How to Catch Pinfish From a Saltwater Fishing Pier

Welcome to the Fish Whisper community, where the art of angling is celebrated and shared. Today, we’re diving into the world of Pinfish, a common yet captivating target for pier fishermen. Let’s reel in some insights and tips to help you catch these spirited swimmers.

Understanding Pinfish Habits

Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides), known for their spiny dorsal fins and feisty nature, are a favorite among saltwater anglers. Found in abundance around piers and coastal structures, understanding their habits is key to a successful catch. They’re often drawn to areas with plentiful food sources like barnacles, algae, and small crustaceans.

Essential Gear and Bait

To catch Pinfish, you’ll need a light to medium action rod, a spinning reel with a smooth drag, and a thin diameter line to feel the subtle bites. Small hooks, sized 6 to 8, are perfect for these small-mouthed fish. As for bait, Pinfish can’t resist pieces of shrimp, squid, or cut bait. Remember, the fresher, the better.

Perfecting Your Technique

When fishing from a pier, cast near pilings and structure where Pinfish congregate. Use a float rig to keep your bait off the bottom and in the strike zone. Patience is your ally; wait for the telltale ‘tap’ on the line, signaling a Pinfish is nibbling. A swift, yet gentle, upward motion will set the hook without pulling it from their small mouths.

Best Times to Fish

Dawn and dusk are prime times for Pinfish, as they’re most active during lower light conditions. Tides also play a role; moving water brings food and Pinfish into easier reach. Align your fishing times with these natural rhythms for the best chances of a bountiful catch.

Conservation and Respect

At Fish Whisper, we’re not just about the catch; we’re about the connection. Practice catch and release when possible, and always handle Pinfish with care. Their role in the ecosystem as both prey and predator is vital.

Join the Conversation

Share your Pinfish tales on our Message Board, and remember, “Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.” Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the pier, we’re here to bridge the communication gap between you and the fish. Respectful of other anglers, the fish, and the environment, we foster a community where every fishing adventure is an opportunity for learning and sharing.


With these tips and a respectful approach, you’re ready to enjoy the challenge of catching Pinfish from a saltwater pier. Keep your lines tight, your hooks sharp, and your spirits high. Until next time, may your fishing adventures at Fish Whisper be filled with tight lines and tall tales.

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