The question is how to rig a pinfish? Well it all depends on the presentation and the location you are using your pinfish.
The 5 most common ways to rig a pinfish are:
1. Rigging a pinfish through the nose, this is mostly used when making numerous casts while inshore fishing.
2. A pinfish and jighead combination is used when fishing in deeper water or in a channel where strong current is present.
3. Rigging pinfish through the back under the dorsal fin is a very popular way to rig pinfish. This is commonly done when fishing inshore and offshore.
4. In some cases it works well to rig a pinfish through the belly. This can also be used inshore or offshore but the pinfish will not stay alive as long as the other methods.
5. Another very popular way to rig pinfish is through the tail which will be explained on this page.
Rigging a pinfish through the tail works great either suspended under a popping cork (it makes them look helpless as they struggle to swim down while the cork keeps them up) or around deeper areas where you want your bait to go down deep.
Hooking the pinfish through the tail allows the pinfish to swim towards the bottom (which pinfish naturally go straight to the bottom anyway because this is where they live in their natural environment).
Hook the pinfish through the tail either on the top side or the bottom.
Once the hook is pushed through the body of the fish make sure the point of the hook has no scales stuck on it.
If scales are present on the tip of the hook it can cause you to not get a good hookset in the predator fish.
Cut pinfish can also be a good option for many species of fish.