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n. pl. skipjack or skip·jacks
1. A skipjack tuna.
2. Any of various other fishes, such as the bluefish, that habitually leap out of the water.
3. pl. skip·jacks A fishing sloop having a bottom shaped like a flat V and vertical sides.

[skip (in reference to its leaping behavior) + jack, fellow.]
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n, pl -jack or -jacks
1. (Animals) Also called: skipjack tuna an important food fish, Katsuwonus pelamis, that has a striped abdomen and occurs in all tropical seas: family Scombridae (mackerels and tunas)
2. (Animals) black skipjack a small spotted tuna, Euthynnus yaito, of Indo-Pacific seas
3. (Animals) any of several other unrelated fishes, such as the alewife and bonito
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical an American sloop used for oystering and as a yacht
5. (Animals) another name for a click beetle
[C18: from skip1 + jack1]
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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -jack, (esp. for kinds or species) -jacks.
any of various fishes that leap above the surface of the water, as a tuna, Euthynnus pelamis, or the bonito.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skipjack - oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlanticskipjack - oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlantic; reaches 75 pounds; very similar to if not the same as oceanic bonito
scombroid, scombroid fish - important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
Euthynnus, genus Euthynnus - a genus of Scombridae
2.skipjack - medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific watersskipjack - medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters; less valued than tuna
genus Sarda, Sarda - bonitos
bonito - any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas
3.skipjack - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking soundskipjack - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound
elater, elaterid, elaterid beetle - any of various widely distributed beetles
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PEMSEA had earlier reported that a catch monitoring study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature-Philippines confirmed the presence of larger and economically important fish species like skipjacks.
Around those skipjacks it's also smart to pull at least one standup-class, medium-size marlin lure.
The skipjacks (known colloquially as "skippies" or by some as "skoppejags") were there in force and it was a day to remember, catch-wise.
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Though he earned most of his notoriety while suiting up for the Hershey Bears, Lamoureux also toiled for three other AHL franchises during his career, the Baltimore Skipjacks, Maine Mariners and Providence Bruins.
To catch skipjacks, Moyer favors a 7 1/2-foot medium-power spinning rod and medium-capacity reel spooled with 14-pound FireLine.
Exports of skipjacks, red kakap, white kakap and layur, however, are allowed without being processed first only until December 31 this year extended from previous deadline of July 1, Martani said.
And along the water, passengers can observe Skipjacks, schooners, and classic Baltimore clippers dotting the shore.
The Thomas Clyde is one of thirteen skipjacks slated for a refit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's boatyard.
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No matter that the breeze died shortly after we sailed out of sight of the waving wedding guess, and Ed finally had to crank up the small motorized yawl boat that all skipjacks tow behind them to supply power when needed.