sport·​fish·​ing | \ ˈspȯrt-ˌfi-shiŋ How to pronounce sportfishing (audio) \

Definition of sportfishing

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

Examples of sportfishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tourism and recreation, including sportfishing, topped the list of GDP contributors at $143 billion, followed distantly by national defense and offshore minerals. Anchorage Daily News, "All systems are ‘go’ for near-shore Alaska fisheries, state officials say," 17 June 2020 The monument is open to sportfishing, but commercial fishing is prohibited, with the exception of the red crab and lobster fisheries. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Trump to open Atlantic marine national monument to commercial fishing," 5 June 2020 Oregon’s closure order late Wednesday closely followed Washington’s announcement that all sportfishing and shellfishing in the state will be closed until at least April 8, with a review on April 6 whether to extend the closure. oregonlive, "What Oregon anglers, hunters, birders should know amid coronavirus pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 That ship has sailed Last month, a field scout reported that the boat Wacky Jacky, a classic red-and-white sportfishing vessel, was sighted steaming up the California coast, hundreds of miles from San Francisco. Tom Stienstra,, "Salmon fishing looks promising as season opener nears," 8 Mar. 2020 The fish populations the sportfishing industry relies on for livelihoods are being devastated. oregonlive, "Proponents of Snake River dam removal condemn environmental assessment," 28 Feb. 2020 Sullivan and others were in Soldotna attending the three-day Kenai River Classic, an annual sportfishing invitational and fundraising event that attracts lobbyists, lawmakers and other officials. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump calls into a political event in Soldotna on speakerphone, touting his efforts in Alaska," 24 Aug. 2019 At this resort, famed for its quiet allure and world-class sportfishing, expect to bag marlin, sailfish, or dorado—with the help of experienced guides—and then dine on your catch that evening. Jenny Peters, National Geographic, "Baja California Sur: The ultimate road trip," 25 July 2019 Biologists from both states approved the reopening in a telephone meeting Wednesday, saying a lower run prediction (116,500 upriver springers) announced Monday still accommodates additional sportfishing. Bill Monroe,, "Spring chinook fishing to reopen on Columbia River," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of sportfishing

1910, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2020

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“Sportfishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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