Ten common fishing terms explained

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by KaGee, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. KaGee

    KaGee Monkeywrench Staff Member

    1. Catch and Release - A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over it's limit.

    2. Hook - (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his live savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman's wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).

    3. Line - Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.

    4. Lure - An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

    5. Reel - A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.

    6. Rod - An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.

    7. School - A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.

    8. Tackle - What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.

    9. Tackle Box - A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.

    10. Test - (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming "that darn line" for once again losing the fish.

  2. UFM82

    UFM82 The one others want to be

    11) Fishing license- a document issued by the state that warns any keeper-sized fish to stay away from you.

    12) Fishing boat- any floating object that people cannot use for normal boating purposes such as tubing or skiing, yet somehow qualifies as a "fishing boat".

    13) Anchor- any heavy item carried on a boat to find and hopelessly entangle many underwater obstructions.

    14) Casting- 1) The act of rearing back and imparting a forward motion to the lure at the end of your line 2) The process by which the doctor fixes your arm after having done the first action listed here and losing your balance, resulting in a fall from #12.

    15) Tournaments- a gathering of men who want to spend vast sums of money on gear to chase after fish and then spend hours discussing why they weren't successful