[bot-uh m-fish]

verb (used without object)

to fish with a weighted line for fish that feed close to the bottom.

Origin of bottom-fish

First recorded in 1840–50

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019