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01-03-2006, 02:59 AM
Another question that falls under the heading of What The F$%&. I`ve seen silversides and peanuts and herring and mummies and a whole lot more. But WTF is rainbait? Whitebait? Thats like telling a guy from Carolina theres lots of Squeteague around.

01-03-2006, 04:09 AM
I could be wrong but I think Rainbait is another name for bay anchovie. FishHawk

01-03-2006, 04:59 AM
A bunch of bait dimpleing the surface, like rain.

01-03-2006, 07:12 AM
Rainbait as I have heard it refers to silversides and their tendency to dimple the surface for large areas. You can pull up to a boat launch during silverside season and turn on the high beams and you'd swear it's a downpour.

Whitebait is generically very young schooling fish, e.g. herring. One step below juvies, I just call 'em "fry" or YOY.

01-03-2006, 08:17 AM
Sounds just like rain too, especially when round herring are the bait that is raining.

01-03-2006, 02:41 PM
Google rain bait and you'll see that most people consider them Bay Anchovies.

01-03-2006, 02:46 PM
bay anchovie

i think whitebait are silversides and juvie herring, no?

01-03-2006, 04:15 PM
Well if the slang term rainbait means only bay anchovies then that accounts for the fact that we rarely hear the term on the cape.

01-03-2006, 05:44 PM
From the Middleside. Approximately 15 miles offshore :devil: