- to fish with a weighted line for fish that feed close to the bottom.
Origin of bottom-fish
First recorded in 1840–50
- 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.
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