How to Rig a Live Pinfish for Catching Snook, Tarpon, & Grouper [VIDEO]
By: Luke Simonds on April 2, 2015
Want to see how to catch fish such as snook, tarpon, and grouper using a live pinfish?
After receiving a lot of Shares and Comments on our recent video showing “How to Catch Pinfish”, we decided to put together a follow up video showing how to rig a live pinfish as bait for catch snook, tarpon, redfish, grouper, and a whole host of other game fish that dine on pinners.
In this video below, you’ll learn how to rig a pinfish for fishing in a spot with current (where you want to have the pinfish hug the bottom, while also swimming naturally when the line gets pulled by the current and/or when reeling in for another cast).
You’ll also get to see me get lucky and catch a nice snook on the first cast (which rarely happens when the cameras are rolling).
First, let’s talk about the three most common ways to rig a live pinfish.
3 Most Common Ways to Rig a Live Pinfish
- Through the top of the head (first soft spot behind/above the skull bone)
- Through the mouth (go in under the jaw and exit through the nostril)
- Through the nostrils (go in one nostril and out the other)
In our opinion, options 1 & 2 work best for catching the most fish overall.
The problem with option #3 is that it is prone to casting the bait off given that the nostril area cannot withstand much pull.
When deciding on option 1 or 2, I usually always go with the top of the head method whenever I’m fishing an area with a sandy bottom as I was in this video.
This method drives the pinfish further down in the water column which is mostly a good thing because many target species like snook and grouper hang near the bottom to ambush prey.
When fishing an area with a lot of snag-happy bottom structure like Sebastian Inlet, I’ll rig the pinfish through the mouth because it will not be pulled down quite as much and also because this method results in the hook point aiming directly up which helps lessen the probability of hooking the bottom.
Check out the video to see first hand how to rig the pinfish.
How To Rig A Live Pinfish [VIDEO]
We hope this video helps you land some big fish.
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