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Pinfish: Lagodon rhomboides

Appearance:

  • Small mouth with incisor-like teeth
  • Distinctive black spot behind the gill cover
  • Body bluish-silver with blue and orange-yellow horizontal stripes
  • Yellow fins

Habitat:

Pinfish are commonly found near seagrass beds, bridges, piers, marker pilings, and around natural and artificial reefs.

Behavior:

These fish spawn offshore. 

 

Additional Information

State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record. 

Fishing Tips and Facts: Pinfish are popular live bait.  Pinfish are notorious for stealing bait.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Seagrasses are the principal food for endangered manatees and green sea turtles, help purify the water, and provide a suitable environment for a wide variety of marine life.

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