- any of several marine food fishes of the drum family, especially of the genus Menticirrhus, found off the E coast of the U.S.
- Also called white croaker. a marine food fish, Genyonemus lineatus, found off the Californian coast.
- king mackerel.
- a large game fish, Seriola grandis, found in Australia and New Zealand, closely related to the yellowtail.
- any of various other fishes noted especially for their size.
- Informal. a person regarded as a leader or authority: a kingfish in Democratic Party circles.
Origin of kingfish
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Mostly they are caught by accident while drags are set for kingfish or barracuda.
For its size, the kingfish is considered the gamest of all salt-water fishes.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
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But as I fish for sailfish with a free-running reel, of course I am exasperated when a kingfish takes hold.
Kingfish are savage strikers and they almost invariably hook themselves when the drag is set.
Put two kingfish on a buttered platter or pan, season with salt and pepper, add a glass of white wine, put in oven and bake.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book
- any marine sciaenid food and game fish of the genus Menticirrhus, occurring in warm American Atlantic coastal waters
- another name for opah
- any of various other large food fishes, esp the Spanish mackerel
- Also called: (NZ) haku a large food and game fish, Seriola lalandi lalandi, of New Zealand waters
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