25+ Fishing Terms

One of the most popular activities in North America is fishing. There are many different types of fish, and they all have their own unique characteristics. Fish can be caught by many methods including ice fishing, offshore trolling, or fly-fishing. It’s important to know which bait to use on what type of water too! This blog post will teach you some common fishing terms so that you can talk like a pro fisherman next time your out on the lake with friends and family.

  • Bait: Bait is a natural or artificial substance used to entice fish into taking the bait. It usually consists of food, but it can also consist of small lures and odorants designed to imitate that food. The use of live animals as bait for fishing is now illegal in many parts of the world because they are seen as an environmental hazard.
  • Casting Spoon: Casting spoons are hooks which have been bent into a “J” shape and attached to the end of the line. Casting spoons can be made from various materials, including brass, steel, nickel silver or lead.
  • Chumming: Chumming is adding chum- sometimes in the form of bloodied fish parts-to water to attract more gamefish.
  • Crankbait: Crankbaits work well when fishing for Bass because they dive deep and emit sound waves designed with pauses that simulate natural prey movements just below the surface-making them easy targets for hungry bass!
  • Hook: Hooks come in many different shapes depending on what you want it for. The most common hook used by fishermen is called the treble hook. This is a three-pronged horizontal fishing hook with one point in the middle and two on either side.
  • Jig: Jigs are weighted hooks that can be cast or trolled to attract fish by moving it along the bottom of the water column, all while maintaining an attractive wiggling motion thanks to its sharpened end (called “jagging”).
  • Jigging: Jigging is when you use your rod to maneuver live bait so they resemble something natural like crawfish or worms for example, which would then lure smaller gamefish from their hiding spots.-This type of technique has also been used as a way of catching other types of animals such as deer!
  • Leader: Leaders are usually used in two-handed rods to extend the line and help cast out heavy weights. They are usually made from braids of strong fibers or wire, and they can be just as long (or longer) than the rod itself!
  • Line: Lines come in many different lengths and thicknesses which depend on what type of fishing you want to do. The most common types used for shore fishing is monofilament lines because it’s relatively thin yet durable enough to handle the abrasion that occurs when fish scales rub against them during a fight.
  • Lure: Lures are artificial bait designed with specific features such as color patterns, shapes, movement imitations, lights, sound waves etc., that entice fish into biting it even though they are not food.
  • Reel: Reels come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most common type is called a spinning reel which usually consists of two or more spools with an open center where line can be drawn out for casting using a handle on top that allows you to control how much line comes off at a time.
  • Rod: Rods come in many different lengths and thicknesses, but they all have one thing in common-they’re used to hold the fishing line during catching your prey! They also usually help cast heavier weights because they provide stability while fighting fish as well as making it easier to manage them once caught.
  • Sinker: A sinker is basically any weight put on the end of the fishing line so that when the line is cast, it will allow the bait to get deep into different parts of a body of water.
  • Snap: The most common type would be called a snap swivel and are made up for use with fishing lines specifically because they have two eyelets on each end which offer more security than standard split rings or hooks – Snap Swivels can also come in handy as other types of connectors such as ratchets
  • Soft Plastic Lures: Soft plastic lures typically look like something natural-like live crawfish or worm-and often work well when targeting fish species who actively feed near the surface.
  • Spinnerbait: A spinner bait is an artificial lure designed with specific features such as color patterns, shapes, and movements-it’s basically like you combined all three of the other lures mentioned before into one type!
  • Strike: Strikes are instances where a fish bites your lure.
  • Structure Spoon: A structure spoon is a type of artificial bait that resembles the tail part of a crawfish or other crustacean and it’s designed to be cast over an underwater obstruction where many fishes, such as catfish, are likely to feed. It typically has weight attached at the bottom so when you reel in line after casting it will get dragged along and make noise which often helps attract attention from nearby game!
  • Swivel: Swivels usually come with hooks on one end and either a snap swivel or split ring on the other-these pieces allow for better safety because if something gets hooked onto them they’ll detach easily rather than breaking under pressure like regular rings would. They also make it easier to change lures on the fly because you can take off one and put another right back on with ease!
  • Tackle Box: Tackle boxes are simply containers where you store your fishing gear in which many people use for different types of trips. Some come pre-loaded with a lot of necessary equipment while others have additional spots for storing things like extra hooks or sinkers that fit neatly inside compartments specially made to hold them securely.
  • Terminal Tackle: Terminal tackle is a term used to describe the different types of fishing gear that are attached at the end of your line and can be anything from bait, hooks, weights or swivels.
  • Topwater Lure: Topwater lures typically imitate creatures such as frogs or other aquatic animals-they’ll often come with some type of built in rattle like an internal ball bearing so they make noise when moving around which attracts nearby gamefish by mimicking sounds made by prey. They’re especially good choices if there’s weeds on the water’s surface because it helps shake them off while still attracting attention from underwater predators.
  • Trolling: Trolling simply means casting out lines behind a boat, often in a zig-zag motion or straight line pattern and retrieving back to the boat. It’s typically done with lures called spoons which are usually brightly colored on top of having some sort of action built into them like vibration that simulates struggling prey trying to escape being caught by an angler!
  • Trolling Spoon: Trolling Spoons resemble what we call “jigs”-they’ve got either two feathers sticking out from one end or just one but it still twitches around when reeled at high speeds causing vibrations underwater as well because they’re designed specifically for trolling purposes. They come in different models too such as ones with clear skirts or color patterns
  • Tube Bait: Tube baits are artificial lifeforms that are designed with a hollow body where you can put something like worms-they’re often made from hard plastic and come in a variety of shapes to suit different fishing environments. They also usually have some type of weight on the bottom so they’ll get dragged along beneath the surface for better results
  • Weedless Spoon: Weedless spoons typically resemble hooks but instead, it’s got more weed guard built into them as well as having an extended throat which prevents bites or snags by weeds at the end of your line!

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