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baitfish

[beyt-fish] /ˈbeɪtˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) baitfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) baitfishes.
1.
a small fish that is a source of food for a larger fish:
Fishermen knew the presence of baitfish meant plenty of bass nearby.
2.
Angling. any small fish, as a minnow or shiner, used as bait.
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  • Tiny squid and baitfish were always jetting onto the stern steps.
  • In addition, baitfish, crab and shrimp are plentiful throughout summer.
  • Fish diseases can also be spread through the careless use of baitfish.
  • Fishing is permitted by pole and line and casting net for baitfish only.
  • In these places, suitable baitfish are virtually nonexistent.
  • The borax is added to toughen the baitfish so they will stay on the hook better and last longer.
  • Special regulations exist for the transportation of baitfish.
  • It is illegal to transport any fish in water away from the water body from which it was caught, except for legal baitfish.
  • Do not release live baitfish into any body of water.
  • Some anglers use large lures, on the theory that it matches the size of a baitfish that has grown all summer.

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