sunshine bass

noun

: a hybrid striped bass that is a cross between a female white bass (Morone chrysops) and a male striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and is silvery-white with dark usually discontinuous or irregular horizontal stripes along the sides

Note: Like the wiper, the sunshine bass has an aggressive nature and is bred chiefly as a sport fish for stocking lakes, streams, and reservoirs.

The sunshine bass tends to stay in deeper water like its parent fish, but is an aggressive striker on live bait when it is feeding near the surface or in shallower water.Ed Killer
The company, located in Keo, Arkansas, sells fingerlings to U.S. and international growers, who raise sunshine bass for restaurants and grocery outlets.Agricultural Research

called also sunshine

Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sunshine bass was in 1975

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“Sunshine bass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunshine%20bass. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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