Imported (Sardina Pinchardus S)
AKA: sardine, dean, herring, Spanish, pilchards, round sardinella, Indian oil sardine, Mathi, Chaala
Sardines, or pilchards, are common names used to refer to various small, oily fish within the herring family of Clupeidae. Sardines travel in large schools usually close to shore and are popular around the world for food, bait, and as additives to other products such as fertilizer. They are caught mainly at night, when they approach the surface to feed on plankton. There are many species of sardines.The oil sardines are harvested in the northern regions of the Indian Ocean. The body of these sardines is particularly elongated even to the point of being sub cylindrical. They have a slightly rounded belly and have eight rays on their pelvic fin. They are not as shiny as our domestic sardine but are a tough and very effective bait.
Uses: Everything loves to eat sardines and they are great bait either alive or cut, trolled or fished on the bottom. A widely used natural bait in Florida. Best for any bottom types of fish such as groupers and snappers. Sardines also work well free lined to king mackerel, tuna, and cobia. Sardines can also be stripped to catch small schooling fish such as chicken dolphin. While trolling fishermen chum by cutting sardines into 2 or 3 pieces and slowly feed the pieces into the water.