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
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When a baitfish hits the water, however, the bass kicks into high gear and grabs its lunch.
McHugh says that growth can vary greatly between individuals, even within a single lake, depending on the abundance and availability of baitfish and other edibles.
The lake also contains a full complement of sustainable baitfish and grass-carp to support the dietary needs of the fish and overall health of the lake.
In past summer seasons the king fishery has been inconsistent, but if the baitfish are holding there so will salmon that are on a migratory highway path to Puget Sound.
The confluence of three rivers — the Quinnipiac River, the Mill River and the West River — which pour baitfish into Long Island Sound makes New Haven Harbor a prime fishing destination.
Sheepshead are crustacean eaters and have no interest in a lively baitfish, a fresh piece of cut bait or chunks of frozen squid.
Willsea spent three days fishing in the Gulf during a vacation to the area, using baitfish and hoping to catch tuna.
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