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bottom fish

any of certain fishes that live at or near the bottom of a body of water, as certain of the cod and related species, the flatfishes, and catfishes.
Also called ground fish.


[bot-uh m-fish] /ˈbɒt əmˌfɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
to fish with a weighted line for fish that feed close to the bottom.
Also, ground-fish.
Origin of bottom-fish
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bottom fish
  • However, these bottom fish primarily are used to make fertilizer and fish oil vitamin supplements.
  • No bottom fish or reef fish are allowed to be targeted, and any that are accidentally caught are to be immediately released.
  • Other marine bottom fish are generally available year around.
  • For example, sandy estuarine habitat often provides critical nursery grounds for the juveniles of many species of bottom fish.
  • Offshore bottom fish are available but with the good pelagic action, few are fishing for them.
  • Groundfish are also called bottom fish or demersal fish.

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