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doubletreble
06-24-2011, 12:18 PM
A while back I saw a guy cut the tail off his pinfish. I've been doing it for a little while now, and I think it makes a difference. Anybody else do this? If so, where do you cut em, 1 or 2 on the picture?

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g320/bball09124/pin-fish-bait-fish-12e.jpg

makin moves
06-24-2011, 12:22 PM
Ive never done it on pinfish but if I use shrimp I do. Leaves a nice sent trail and you can cast them further

Slough
06-24-2011, 12:40 PM
Halfway between 1 and 2

copout@castaways
06-24-2011, 12:41 PM
cut them @ 2.5 just enough to slow them down a bit.

pupraiser
06-24-2011, 12:48 PM
cut them @ 2.5 just enough to slow them down a bit.

I agree.

#1 looks like you'd have a dead bait in a short time.

doubletreble
06-24-2011, 01:00 PM
I agree.

#1 looks like you'd have a dead bait in a short time.

I actually cut one there yesterday and he stayed alive for about 15 minutes before getting bit. I think he had another 15 minutes in him before dieing.

fishngrinch
06-24-2011, 02:22 PM
Agree with 2.5 or even just the top of the tail.

charles shelton
06-24-2011, 05:36 PM
i don't cut the tails, but i do cut the dorsal with a pair of kitchen sheers. i just assumed it made them easier to swallow :) what's the idea behind cutting the tail?

pupraiser
06-24-2011, 05:39 PM
i don't cut the tails, but i do cut the dorsal with a pair of kitchen sheers. i just assumed it made them easier to swallow :) what's the idea behind cutting the tail?

Slow them down. Injured baitfish = easy meal.

mtd885
06-24-2011, 05:41 PM
For Tarpon the laziest and opportunistic of them all it prevents the bait from eluding the take. I learned it from a guide back in the 90's who bit the tails off. These days they call it sushi...lol

FOREVERHOOKED
06-24-2011, 05:43 PM
I personally cut the tails on threads but never on pins. might be worth a try

Tarponator
06-24-2011, 06:12 PM
I have never cut the tail off a baitfish, but I have been known to remove a claw or two from a crab. Does that count? :)

30LB PIN FISH
06-24-2011, 06:23 PM
you guys have this one pretty well covered, i usually only cut the tail when im chumming for snappers to help keep the bait closer to the chum slick, or in the flatts trying to attract some sharks with the larger pins

Mr. Demeanor
06-24-2011, 08:48 PM
If you cut into the meat you will get sharked more.

panhandle pierrat
06-26-2011, 04:21 PM
I have cut the top tailfin off live bait to keep it on top. I works well on Bluerunners

tileman
06-27-2011, 10:02 AM
between 2 and the tail, at the fork

flhooker
06-27-2011, 11:02 AM
Have done that for years when I do fish bait... Just cut enough to impeed the swimming action of the pen...

GulfWarrior
06-27-2011, 12:30 PM
2 to 2.5 and sometimes 1/2 of a pectoral fin as well. Sometimes just the upper lobe of the tail, sometimes a complete butterfly job on a big bait. Anything to have the bait move erratically and draw attention.

need2fishmore
06-27-2011, 01:03 PM
Is this a good techniqe for any kind of fish you are trying to catch....say red and trout?

pupraiser
06-27-2011, 01:06 PM
Is this a good techniqe for any kind of fish you are trying to catch....say red and trout?

Probably won't work for sheepshead, mullet

HPXMicro
06-27-2011, 02:55 PM
Is this a good techniqe for any kind of fish you are trying to catch....say red and trout?

I was wondering this same thing, if I cut a bit off the tail of a finger mullet to impede its movement is slightly deeper water will this improve strike chances for a red or trout. Also, if I do will it keep the fish from being on the bottom, where I'd say I want it if I am targeting reds. I usually try to tail hook mullet near the rear soft dorsal fin which seems to make them swim to the bottom. If I clip their tail will it keep them higher in the water?

Icecat21
06-27-2011, 05:36 PM
i don't cut the tails, but i do cut the dorsal with a pair of kitchen sheers.
I usually cut the lobes off the tail, and use sissors to cut all the spikes off of all the other fins. I always figured that it made them easier to swallow and leaves a little scent.

pescador de agua clara
06-27-2011, 06:53 PM
Do it more often than not with pinfish or finger mullet when deadsticking for redfish on the flats. I will also weight it to keep it on the bottom. Several reasons why I do it: slows bait down so it's easier for fish to catch; puts more scent in water; puts more vibration in water; more aerodynamic for casting; encourages smaller fish (pinfish mainly) to gather around and pick at it which attracts larger fish. About the only drawback is the bait won't live as long, but if there's a redfish around that won't matter cuz he'll already have found and ate it! I have also caught some very large trout like this and snook as well.

HPXMicro
06-27-2011, 07:54 PM
How much weight for finger mullet pescador?

pescador de agua clara
06-27-2011, 08:54 PM
depends on conditions, but most often ~1/8 oz.

Moondawg
06-29-2011, 03:51 PM
I also spray all live bait with some of the gulf spray..

sharkatak1089
06-29-2011, 05:37 PM
I hack a mullet's tail off at 1.75 when i'm flounder fishing