bone·​fish ˈbōn-ˌfish How to pronounce bonefish (audio)
: a slender silvery small-scaled fish (Albula vulpes) that is a notable sport and food fish of warm seas
bonefishing noun

Examples of bonefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To date, the Keys have produced 20 line-class and tippet IGFA bonefish records. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 2 May 2024 Catch and release a bonefish or fish for bigger game like yellowfin tuna and barracuda. Kristin Braswell, Travel + Leisure, 18 Apr. 2024 The remote archipelago of 300 islands boasts exceptional fishing opportunities in turquoise waters and near coral reefs, including fly-fishing for bonefish and permit. Claire Volkman, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 On the shallow flats, bonefish, sharks, permits and tarpon can be targeted and over the grass flats and basins around the islands sea trout, redfish, pompano, Spanish mackerel, barracudas and jacks are available. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Best Restaurants Bimini Seafood Company & Conch Bar Located in the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, this restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a marina setting overlooking the island’s famous bonefish flats. Kristin Braswell, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2024 From bonefish flats to deep lakes to jungle river loaded with exotic species, the Clouser will make the play. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 17 Jan. 2024 Phil was a legendary bonefish guide, and Captain Phil and Mel’s was one of the more popular outfits on all of Grand Bahama. Matthew Monagan, Travel + Leisure, 2 Sep. 2023 Small lemon sharks can be especially plaguing to flats fishermen chasing bonefish, permit, and tarpon in extremely shallow water. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bonefish was in 1734

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“Bonefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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