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. Unabridged


verb (used without object)
to fish with a weighted line for fish that feed close to the bottom.

1840–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
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.
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