baitfish

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bait +‎ fish

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baitfish (plural baitfishes or baitfish)

  1. (fishing) Small fish such as minnows that are used as bait to catch larger predatory fish
    • 2009 January 13, By Malcolm Holland, “Experts track record shark numbers off beaches”, Herald-Sun:
      He said increased baitfish numbers after an upwelling of nutrient-rich water three years ago had contributed to the increase in shark numbers.

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