3 Things You Need To Know When Using Live Pinfish On Grass Flats
“Presentation is key.”
You’ve probably heard that a thousand times and guess what, it’s true!
In this video, you’ll learn how to catch fish with live pinfish over grass flats, and how simple changes to your set-up can be the difference between a great day on the water and getting skunked.
Watch this video and learn the best way to:
- Rig a live pinfish when fishing grass flats (and why pinfish are unique here)
- Cast live bait so that they last longer
- Attract more fish to your bait
- And more
Check it out below!
How To Use Live Pinfish On Grass Flats [VIDEO]
Since presentation is key, you’ll want to rig up your pinfish so that it moves through the water naturally.
You have two options when hooking pinfish:
- Hook the pinfish through the meat section between the eyes and the dorsal.
- Hook the pinfish through the mouth starting from the bottom and going through both lips.
Another thing to note is that you want the cork to suspend the pinfish just above the grass.
Adjust your bobber depending on the depth of water you are fishing in.
If your leader is too long underneath the float, the pinfish will bury itself in the grass and you likely won’t catch anything.
The goal here is to keep the pinfish alive, so you’ll want to take it out of the water as little as possible.
Get the bait behind you while keeping it in the water, then lift it up, and lob it out!
Work the Flats
Drift, pop, repeat.
Let the wind and current drift the pinfish over the grass flats.
Get the line tight every once in a while during the drift and give the bobber some pops to mimic the sound of a fish that is eating something from the surface.
Let the bobber and the circle hook do the work for you.
Once you see the bobber go under the water, keep your rod tip down and just start reeling.
(Remember to not set the hook if you’re using a circle hook!)
Perform a little CPR (that’s Catch. Photo. Release.) and get back to fishing!
My Favorite Tackle For This Scenario
I mentioned that there are some specific terminal tackle items that are a must when fishing with live pinfish.
Check out these options for your next trip:
The popping float is a key element but you don’t need to worry about using one if you have live mullet or pilchards because they won’t dig into the grass like pinfish do.
And make sure you get a bobber with a concave top so that when you pop the float, it creates the feeding noise to attract other fish.
Just like fishermen attract other fishermen, feeding fish attract other fish!
Whether you are new to fishing or a pro, we all are guilty sometimes of moving too fast or not using the right tackle for the situation.
Here are 3 common mistakes when using pinfish on grass flats:
- Setting the hook when using a circle hook.
- Reeling in your bait too fast.
- Not using a bobber.
Resist the urge to set a circle hook on a fish otherwise you may end up yanking it right out of its mouth. Just start reeling!
If you are moving spots or re-casting, do not reel in too fast.
That slow retrieve keeps the pinfish swimming naturally and you have a good chance of a strike.
And make sure you always use a bobber with your live pinfish over the grass flats.
Pinfish want to bury down into the grass, but the bobber will keep them hovering just over the grass and in clear view of predator fish.
When fishing with live pinfish on the grass flats, it’s all about presentation.
You want the bait to look natural, and a bobber can make sure it doesn’t swim down and hide in the grass.
What is your live pinfish setup?
Do you have any questions about this rig?
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