Definition of surf fish
1 : any of numerous small or medium-sized fishes that constitute the family Embiotocidae, live chiefly in shallow water along the Pacific coast of North America, and resemble perches in form but differ from them in their anatomy and in being viviparous
2 : any of several croakers (family Sciaenidae) of the Pacific coast of North America
3 : surf smelt
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