surfperch

noun
surf·​perch | \ˈsərf-ˌpərch \

Definition of surfperch 

: any of a family (Embiotocidae) of small or medium-sized viviparous bony fishes chiefly of shallow water along the Pacific coast of North America that resemble the perches

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Shore fishing was good for various surfperch and a few striped bass were also taken. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Along the beaches of the area, surfperch were biting much better on overcast days than bright sunny days. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Shore fishing was very good for surfperch along sandy beaches and for kelp greenling, rockfish and cabezon in the rockier spots such as Old Mill. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 Surf fishers caught barred surfperch and a few redtail perch. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 Fishing for surfperch has been good at the South Jetty sandspit. sacbee, "Salmon season off to slow start, but there are signs of hope," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of surfperch

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surfperch was in 1885

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