skip·​jack | \ ˈskip-ˌjak How to pronounce skipjack (audio) \
plural skipjacks or skipjack

Definition of skipjack

1 : any of various fishes (such as a ladyfish or bluefish) that jump above or are active at the surface of the water especially : skipjack tuna
2 : a sailboat with vertical sides and a bottom similar to a flat V

Examples of skipjack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catfishing is picking up drifting cut shad or skipjack under floats on the channel edges; Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 10 Apr. 2020 From Pickwick Lake, high water has made many areas unfishable, but some anglers are connecting with catfish by drifting cut shad or skipjack just off the channels in slack water areas. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Heavy rains make fishing difficult for anglers," 21 Feb. 2020 Sálazar rigs me up with a live skipjack and sends me toward the apex of our tuna triangle. Michael R. Shea, Outdoor Life, "Kayak Fishing Saved Lance Clinton’s Life," 11 Feb. 2020 Catfish are also active at 8 to 15 feet on cut shad or skipjack; Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What lures are working for anglers?," 10 Jan. 2020 Catfish continue to bite where there's good water flow on drifted skipjack or cut shad. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Don’t overlook catfish during winter months," 13 Dec. 2019 Most of the top anglers reported using cut skipjack as bait, though a few also used shrimp. Frank Sargeant, al, "Whopper Tennessee River catfish impress visiting tournament anglers," 11 Nov. 2019 Catfishing remains good on cut skipjack below the dam, and some smallmouths are starting to show up in the fast water as well—live shad or small swimbaits get them. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s being caught on Alabama waters?," 29 Nov. 2019 At Pickwick, Captain Brian Barton reports continuing good action on catfish, white bass and some big smallmouth in the tailwaters, with the cats taking drifted skipjack, the white bass and smallmouth caught on jigs and small swimbaits. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s hooking fish on Alabama lakes?," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of skipjack

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Skipjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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