baitfish

noun
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 Use insulated coolers and aerators to maintain well-oxygenated water levels for healthy baitfish. Steve Ryan, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips for Catching Giant Bluegills This Summer," 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, "How To Catch a 50-Pound Striper From The Surf," 22 June 2020 Small live baitfish can be effective for blue and channel cats, too. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Cut pieces of resident baitfish, earthworms, crayfish, clams, mussels, and similar indigenous baits are very effective. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 The rule allows capture and use of baitfish within a watershed, but no transport between various watersheds. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: Alabama deer season winds down," 6 Feb. 2020 Just as in summer, bass will prowl the weeds in pursuit of baitfish. Dr. Jason Halfen, Outdoor Life, "5 Fish You Might Not Have Caught Through The Ice But Should," 2 Jan. 2020 Turbulent conditions at these locations also create pockets of water that trap baitfish, making them easier targets for the predatory bowfins. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "How to Catch Bowfins in Rivers and Tidal Systems," 6 Apr. 2020 The slicks result from trout and other fish attacking baitfish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of baitfish

1755, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baitfish was in 1755

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10 Jul 2020

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“Baitfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baitfish. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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