bait·​fish | \ ˈbāt-ˌfish \

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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Scott Kerslake of Okeechobee Just 4 Bass Guide Service, referring to the small baitfish that bass love to eat. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Despite warm temperatures, bass are still spawning and creating some thrilling fishing," 1 June 2018 The reservoir, however, is experiencing a conflicting life cycle — loaded with some of the healthiest residents in its history at a time when an abundance of baitfish demands a re-adjustment of its hearty, historical expectations. Bryce Miller,, "Wildly-popular Lake Barrett adjusting its bass-catching expectations," 26 Apr. 2018 And the river is connected to Lake Pontchartrain, a large tidal bay that feeds it with baitfish throughout the year. Todd Masson,, "Personal-best bass on my home river," 17 Apr. 2018 Large schools of baitfish, juvenile anchovies and krill, have arrived. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Whales, orcas converge in Monterey Bay," 2 Apr. 2018 The area gets more productive as baitfish seem to sprout from every rangia clam shell in Lake Pontchartrain. Todd Masson,, "On a mission for more topwater speckled trout, redfish," 6 Mar. 2018 That color change, which is typically in 75 to 200 feet of water, attracts baitfish. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "This is the best time for sailfishing in South Florida | Miami Herald," 16 Feb. 2018 The waters around the many causeways and bridges on Guntersville are particular hotspots for the birds, and for the baitfish. Frank Sargeant,, "Bridgework for winter angling action," 10 Jan. 2018 Bull reds are schooling off the beach and will hit all sorts of spoons, jigs and live baitfish. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 6 Oct. 2017

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1755, in the meaning defined above

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