01-03-2006, 03:59 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, 05:09 AM
I could be wrong but I think Rainbait is another name for bay anchovie. FishHawk
01-03-2006, 05:59 AM
A bunch of bait dimpleing the surface, like rain.
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, 09:17 AM
Sounds just like rain too, especially when round herring are the bait that is raining.
01-03-2006, 03:41 PM
Google rain bait and you'll see that most people consider them Bay Anchovies.
01-03-2006, 03:46 PM
i think whitebait are silversides and juvie herring, no?
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, 06:44 PM
From the Middleside. Approximately 15 miles offshore :devil: