Livewell A built-in reservoir on a fishing boat that can be pumped full of water and is used to keep fish or bait alive.
Long-cast reels Spinning reels with extra-tall spools that allow line to spiral off easily and with little friction, increasing the casting distance. This has proven to be such a successful design that some manufacturers are incorporating long-cast spools into all their spinning reel models.
Nymphs The larval stages of insects that live on lake or stream bottoms, or the flies that imitate them. Most nymph flies used by fishermen imitate mayfly, caddisfly, stonefly, dragonfly, and cranefly nymphs.
Offshore fishing Fishing out of sight of land.
Party boat A large sea-going craft that is designed to allow a large number of anglers to fish simultaneously. Also called a head boat or open boat.
Plug One of any of a whole family of lures made of hard plastic or wood that imitate all manner of baitfish, plus frogs, crayfish, salamanders, or small rodents such as mice.
Possession limit The number of fish that an angler may keep at one time.
Practice plug A lure-sized, hookless, soft-plastic, or rubber object designed to be used for practice casting. These are obviously safer to use than the real thing and won't hook interested bystanders or inquisitive pets. Tackle shops carry them.
Reel A device attached to a fishing rod that dispenses and retrieves fishing line via a crank.
Rod A long, slender, and extremely lightweight tube made of fiberglass, graphite, or a composite of the two. Don't call your rod a pole (unless you want to pretend you're Huckleberry Finn), which is made of cane (and thus heavy and thick) and which doesn't take a reel.
Sand spike A long hollow tube used to hold a surf rod after a bait is cast out. The spike is pushed into the sand and the rod butt slid inside. A pin inside the spike supports the butt and keeps the reel from rubbing against the edge.
Shock leader A short, strong section of line tied to the end of a fishing line, used when large and/or toothy fish are the quarry.
Slot limit A law that puts both a minimum and a maximum size on a species. Spinner A fishing lure with a thin metal blade that revolves around a wire shaft.
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.