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Old 01-03-2006, 03:59 AM
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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.
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:09 AM
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I could be wrong but I think Rainbait is another name for bay anchovie. FishHawk
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:59 AM
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A bunch of bait dimpleing the surface, like rain.
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:12 AM
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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.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:17 AM
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Sounds just like rain too, especially when round herring are the bait that is raining.
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Google rain bait and you'll see that most people consider them Bay Anchovies.
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bay anchovie

i think whitebait are silversides and juvie herring, no?
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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.
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Small Shower of Rainbait

From the Middleside. Approximately 15 miles offshore
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