sport·​fish·​ing | \ˈspȯrt-ˌfi-shiŋ \

Definition of sportfishing 

: fishing done with a rod and reel for sport or recreation

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The decision was made due to an extremely poor return of early run kings to the popular sportfishing river, which as of June 17 had just 2,182 of the prized fish swimming past the department's sonar counter near river mile 14. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "All king salmon fishing on the Kenai River closed starting Wednesday," 19 June 2018 Cheeca is a beloved luxury resort perched on the Atlantic coast in a town dubbed the sportfishing capital of the world. Jesse Oxfeld, Town & Country, "Florida Keys' Cheeca Lodge Reopens With a Flourish," 11 Apr. 2018 The state of Alaska issued nonresident sportfishing licenses in 2009 and 2010 to Stephen Paddock, who appears to be the man who authorities said killed at least 58 people Sunday in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Dispatch News, "Suspect in Las Vegas mass shooting appeared to have obtained Alaska fishing licenses," 2 Oct. 2017 The 47-square-mile tropical island offers mountain biking, sportfishing, and scuba diving in waters where visibility is up to 100 feet. Sara Clemence,, "Napoleon’s Remote Island Prison Can Be Your Next Luxury Vacation Spot," 6 Oct. 2017 Cook Inlet should be managed for sportfishing as the priority and commercial fishing secondary — not the whole area being managed for the Kenai red run. Alaska Dispatch News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, August 27, 2017," 27 Aug. 2017 But Not Roughing It Florida’s Marquesas Keys, an uninhabited group of islands 20 miles off Key West, and the Everglades both offer excellent sportfishing but mostly middling accommodations. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Fishing Adventures for Anglers of All Stripes," 26 July 2017 Fly-fishing, light tackle sportfishing or deep-sea fishing are available — take your pick. Nancy Moreland, Orlando Signature, "Florida's New Resorts," 28 July 2017 The Kenai River is already known for its robust sportfishing guide industry, with about 270 guides registered with the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Suzanna Caldwell, Alaska Dispatch News, "Dipnet charters emerge on the Kenai for those looking to avoid crowds," 13 July 2017

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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