Are you planning a fishing trip to Venice, Louisiana soon? If so, you’ve got to buckle down and study some fishing lingo! The list below includes common fishing terms and phrases, along with the definitions – a fisherman’s dictionary if you will. Once you are well versed with the language of fishing, you will be all set for your exciting Venice, Louisiana chartered fishing experience!
Action – The bend in a fishing rod when it hooks a fish and loads up.
Angler – Another name for Fisherman.
Angling – Also see Fishing. To take fish by way of hand, or using a hook with live bait, dead bait, or artificial lures, which is attached to fishing line spooled on a reel and rod.
Artificial Bait – Looks, feels and smells just like live or dead bait, but is manufactured with either man-made or natural materials, or a combination of both..
Artificial Lure – Bait resembling a fish food of prey, usually manufactured out of man-made materials to attract fish.
Bangin’ – Technique that uses a heavy type of jig or similar lure by allowing it to knock and bounce off of rocks along the bottom in the water.
Bait – Whatever kind of food/prey that fish feed on or are willing to eat.
Bait Ball – A large group of baitfish swimming tightly together.
Bronzeback – Smallmouth bass
Bucketmouth – Largemouth bass
Bulldoggin’ – When a hooked fish tries swimming away or attempts to hide or bury itself in an attempt to shake the hook loose.
Burn (Burnin’) – To retrieve a lure quite fast through the water.
Butt – The location of the handgrip at the bottom end of the rod.
Crankin’ – To fish with a crankbait or similar type of lure.
Dads – Crawdads or replicas that contain a shell with pinchers (also known as crawfish or crayfish).
Dead Sticking – To cast out a lure or bait and allow it to sit in a desired target zone for a set amount of time before reeling it back.
Drift Fishing – Using the wind and current, or a trolling motor, to drift along the water with your fishing rods set out.
Eddy – A swift swirl of water that forms behind structure in the water, like rocks or wood pilings, due to the natural flow of current.
Fan Casting – Making multiple casts sweeping from one side to another in a circular or semi- circular pattern.
Finessin’ – Tactic that is often used with a deliberately slow retrieve and/or various rod popping techniques in order to entice sluggish fish to bite.
Fishing Fanatic – A person who has a chronic addiction to the sport of angling. See freshwater fishing fanatic to help determine if you fall into this category of unique fishermen.
Float – Plastic or cork bobber.
Grabbling – Hand fishing, noodling.
Grand Slam – To catch three different species of fish in the same outing.
Hung up – To have your lure or bait caught on something in or out of the water. Sometimes your sinker can also be wedged under water structure like a rock pile.
Ice-Out – Period when warm water and warm weather begin to slush and melt iced- over water.
Impoundment – Body of water formed within a section of a river or creek that has been dammed off, such as lakes and reservoirs.
Island – Body of land form within an area of water. Islands are often thought of as being visible above the waters surface. However, there are many islands below the surface which are also referred to as humps.
Jigging – Technique of dropping the rod tip to point downward, then sweeping the tip upward in a fast or slow motion to bring the lure shooting up in a neurotic fashion. By dropping the rod tip back down, the lure is often meant to flutter back downward. Repeat.
Jug Fishing – Using either a milk jug or soda bottle with line tied to it and a baited hook. Set the jug out in the water and wait for it to start bobbing.
Leader – An extension of line containing a hook or lure which is attached to the main line.
Limbline – A line tied to the limb of a tree with a baited hook tied to the other and set into the water.
Lunker – Term used when classifying an exceptionally large sized fish. Often stated for a largemouth bass weighing at least 13 pounds, although many consider a largemouth weighing 10 pounds or more as being a lunker.
Noodling – Handfishing, fishing bare handed. Most popular for catching catfish, however, other species of fish are also targeted this way.
Open Face Reel – A reel without a cover or encasing surrounding the line on the spool, such as a spinning reel.
Pegging – An alternative method to using a stopper that holds a bullet weight in place on the fishing line. This consists of breaking off a tooth pick into the head of the sinker.
PFD – Personal floating device, life jacket.
Pig – A trailer used behind the hook of a jig or even spinnerbaits sometimes.
Pilons – Structure usually constructed of concrete or wood used to support bridges, piers and docks. Also known as pillars.
Playing Fish – Reeling a fish in as you wear it down in order to properly land it.
Plug – Any type of artificial swimming lure such as crankbaits, jerkbaits, stick baits, poppers, lipless crankbaits, etc.
Poacher – An individual who takes fish or other species of game against what the laws and regulations allow for.
Pork – See Pig above.
Presentation – The business end of your fishing tackle; baited hook or lure.
Riprap – Rocks and boulders that run along the waters edge and shoreline in a continuous and consistent manner.
Run ‘n Gun – Moving quickly along the water while making multiple casts and retrieves without spending much time in any one spot. Also moving from one fishing spot to another and to another after just a few casts.
School – A small or large group of fish.
“Set” the Hook – To swing the rod tip in a direction that immediately gathers any slack in the line, forcing the hook to follow and penetrates the fish’ mouth.
Sinker – Weight attached to fishing line used to get the bait or lure down in the water.
Slab – A large sized fish, mostly big pinfish such as bluegills and crappies are called slabs.
Slow Roll – Technique used by slowly retrieving a lure, most commonly with spinnerbaits.
Smallie – Smallmouth bass
Snag – When a lure or bait is caught or hung up in some type of structure.
Spawn – The reproduction cycle that fish go through – building a nest, laying eggs, and guarding the nest until the eggs hatch.
Stick ups – Old brush or timber that is slightly exposed above the waters surface.
Strike – When a fish attacks, bites, or attempts to bite its prey, bait or a lure.
Suspended – When fish are positioned anywhere within the mid section of water – not on/near the bottom, nor the top of the water column.
Test – The strength at which equipment has been tested to perform at its maximum before it becomes weak, most often associated with the strength that fishing line has been tested at per pound before reaching a weakening or breaking point.
Trailer – Usually soft plastic bait added to the back hook at the end of a lure to add to its profile for added attraction for enticing fish, most commonly added to jigs and spinnerbaits.
Trailer Hook – An extra hook added to a lures existing hook. Most often used on buzzbaits and swimbaits when fish are biting just short of the lure.
Treble Hook – A hook with three hook points extended from a single shaft.
Trophy Fish – An exceptionally large fish.
Trotline – A long line that has multiple shorter lines with hooks attached and across.
Walk The Dog – This is a top water fishing technique that uses a stick bait. A Fisherman will retrieve the stick bait with a back and forth sweeping motion across the surface of the water.
Whiskerfish – Catfish
Yo-yoing – Like the jigging technique – using the rod by dropping the tip downward to allow the lure to flutter down, then sweeping the rod tip upward to shoot the lure buck upwards a few feet, then repeat.
Zooplankton – Tiny organisms floating in waters that juvenile fish feed on.
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