bait·​fish | \ ˈbāt-ˌfish How to pronounce baitfish (audio) \

Definition of baitfish

: a small fish (such as a golden shiner or menhaden) that attracts and is a food source for a larger game fish also : a fish used for bait

Examples of baitfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Large redfish are also running along this bar, and can be caught on live croaker or other baitfish. Frank Sargeant, al, 27 Aug. 2021 The humpbacks often work as a team, swimming in circles and blowing bubbles to create an underwater curtain to corral the baitfish. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2021 Oversize redfish are active on the bars and riprap at the passes—large Tsunami swimbaits get them, as do live porgies or other baitfish in the 4 to 6 inch range. Frank Sargeant, al, 16 Apr. 2021 Don’t be afraid to try oversized swimbaits and umbrella rigs for fish that are focused on eating baitfish. Jeff Gustafson, Outdoor Life, 6 Jan. 2021 Work the rod quickly, and the Stick Shadd gets a mind of its own, darting up, down and side-to-side like a panicked baitfish. John Merwin, Field & Stream, 23 Oct. 2019 When sand eels are the primary baitfish, the lure used in tandem with a Red Gill becomes little more than a casting weight. John Merwin, Field & Stream, 23 Oct. 2019 Use insulated coolers and aerators to maintain well-oxygenated water levels for healthy baitfish. Steve Ryan, Outdoor Life, 2 July 2020 The second key is to pay close attention to the available baitfish and then learn how to utilize the match-the-hatch theories in ways of artificial lure presentations. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of baitfish

1755, in the meaning defined above

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9 Sep 2021

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“Baitfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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