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 The Tennessee River is known for its big blue cats and flatheads thanks to its fertile waters and high production of baitfish including shad and skipjack. Frank Sargeant, al, "River giants headline Huntsville Catfish Tournament," 7 Apr. 2021 Wheeler is also a great spot to catch a giant blue catfish so long as the water remains cool—fish shoulders of the channel around brush and rockpiles at 20 to 25 feet with cut skipjack. Frank Sargeant, al, "Alabama Friday fishing report," 25 Feb. 2021 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

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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