sand flea


Definition of sand flea

1 : a flea (such as a chigoe) found in sandy places The so-called sand flea that people encounter on vacation beaches is nothing more than a common flea that is breeding outdoors in the soil.— Jane E. Brody
2 : any of various amphipod crustaceans (family Talitridae) found on ocean beaches that feed on decaying organic matter, typically burrow into the sand during the day, and are capable of leaping like fleas : beach flea These little shorebirds are generally in small groups, chasing the receding breakers on twinkling feet, probing for sand fleas and other crustaceans …— Dennis Puleston

Examples of sand flea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whiting continue to bite in the runouts along the beach on FishBites sand flea flavor fished on light gear; Frank Sargeant, al, 20 Aug. 2021 Lots of pompano are still just outside the beach bar around the runouts—fish peeled shrimp with a chunk of pink FishBites scent in sand flea flavor on a double hook pompano rig to get them. Frank Sargeant, al, 14 May 2021 Catch the whiting and pompano on pink FishBites in the sand flea flavor, the other species on a 3 inch chrome spoon cranked fast outside the bar. Frank Sargeant, al, 21 May 2021 Pompano and whiting are still in the surf, taking peeled shrimp or live sand fleas as well as Fish Bites prepared bait. Frank Sargeant, al, 10 Apr. 2020 Stow sand fleas in a covered bait bucket or similar container with moist sand. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 Pompano will start to show in the surf with the first warmer days—catch them in the trough on live sand fleas or on the sand-flea-flavored Fish Bites artificial bait; Frank Sargeant, al, 28 Feb. 2020 In warm weather, most beach areas along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the U.S. have good populations of sand fleas. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 Pompano come and go on the beach—put out a spread with shrimp and FishBites prepared bait in sand flea flavor. Frank Sargeant,, 21 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sand flea

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sand flea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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