Catadromous fish Fish that migrate from freshwater rivers to oceans in order to spawn.
Catch and release A term for a body of water where no fish caught there may be kept; or the practice of releasing all fish caught.
Charter boat A craft that can be rented by one or more anglers to fish for one day to one month or more. Crankbait A plug that dives relatively deeply.
Creel A wicker or canvas container for storing and carrying tackle and fish that is worn by an angler via a harness.
Drag (1) The action of a fly drifting on or through the water faster than the current in which it is drifting.
Drag (2) A device on a fishing reel that slows the outward flow of line when the reel is in gear.
Fishfinder A general term for a sonar unit that displays fish as well as bottom contours on paper or a video screen. Also called a depth finder or chart recorder.
Fishing lure Any inanimate object that imitates something that fish eat and has hooks in order to catch a fish.
Fly A lure consisting of various materialswool, chenille, fur, hair, feathers, tinsel, and otherstied to a hook that imitates an insect, worm, fish egg, baitfish, or some other organism that fish eat; typically fished on a fly rod.
Foul-hooked fish A fish that is hooked anywhere besides the mouththe body, gill, or tail. Sometimes fish hit a lure or bait so explosively that they don't get it in their mouth, but manage to hook themselves anyway.
Gaff A pole with a large, sharp hook at one end, used to bring large fish over the side of a boat.
Inshore fishing Angling that takes place in the ocean close to or within sight of land.
Jig A lure consisting of a hook with a ball of lead behind the eye. It's usually painted, and hair or feathers is sometimes tied to the hook shank for added attraction to fish.
Levelwind A device on certain baitcasting reels that distributes the line evenly along the length of the spool when the handle is turned. Sometimes a reel with such a device is referred to as a levelwind.
Was this article helpful?