How To Easily Catch Pinfish In A Pinfish Trap
Everything eats pinfish.
From inshore redfish and trout to offshore grouper and snapper, tossing out a feisty pinfish is almost guaranteed to catch you a fish.
And there are many ways of getting pinfish.
You can buy them from your local bait shop, catch them with a sabiki rig, cast net them…
But one of my favorite ways is to catch them in a pinfish trap.
In this video, I’m going to show you the best way to do that, including how to find them, the biggest mistake most anglers make with pinfish traps, and what to put in your trap.
Check out how to catch them this way below.
Easy Way To Catch Pinfish In A Pinfish Trap [VIDEO]
How To Find Pinfish
The first step to catching pinfish in a pinfish trap is to find them.
One mistake I see many anglers make is setting out their traps in dead zones.
They bait them up, set them out, come back the next morning excited to see what they caught, and are disappointed to find an empty trap.
No matter how enticing your bait is, if there are no pinfish in the area, you won’t catch any.
Here are four tips to find pinfish:
- Look for wading birds
- Look for flashes in the grass
- Cast out a paddletail and try to feel the telltale pinfish bumps
- Change depths if you’re not finding any (this is especially important if the temperature has recently changed)
On this trip, since it was right after a cold front, I found pinfish on the deeper edge of a flat.
How To Catch Pinfish In A Pinfish Trap
Once you’ve found the pinfish, it’s time to toss out the trap.
You don’t need any specific type of trap, and you don’t need any specific type of chum to put in it.
On this trip, I just used a standard chum block you can find at any bait shop, but cut mullet or ladyfish, or even canned cat food works well, too.
And ideally, you’d let the trap sit overnight.
Since we were filming some fishing tips on this day, I just let it sit for about an hour and a half, but I still caught almost two dozen pinfish.
Using a pinfish trap to catch pinfish is really easy.
Just find pinfish by looking for birds, structure, and casting out a paddletail, then bait your trap, toss it out, and come back the next morning.
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