To sport fishermen from the Northeast to Texas, it's a cigar minnow. To scientists, it's Decapterus punctatus, the round scad. To predators such as red snapper, it's lunch. Among the most common and abundant of small scad species, cigar minnows are hardy baits, live or dead. They're often available in both forms, including 5-pound frozen blocks sold widely at marinas and bait shops. Besides stringing them onto a hook, you can cut them up to use in chunk line. While cigar minnows can grow to nearly a foot in length, they are typically about half that length or a bit more — or right around the size of a stogie.