Every sport has its own slang language and bass fishermen are no exception. If you want to be accepted and become one of the boys or girls when participating in the beautiful sport of bass fishing then to help you avoid too much confusion here are a few words and their meanings you should know.
Plugs and Baits
Chugger -This plug is used for fishing on the surface and it has a hollowed out concave head that when jerked sharply squirts out a splash of water which attracts the fish.
Slush bait – A plug that has a flat or pointed head and is used on top of the water.
Grub – A squat plastic worm threaded onto a lead weighted jig hook
Loose Action – When working a plug or lure from side to side it must also moves with a slow wide action
Tight- Action – This lure or plug moves in quick, fast side to side movements, opposite to a loose action
Wormin -If fishing with worms, crawfish, lizards or plastic worms etc. then this act is what is referred to as wormin
Flipping Stick – A heavy action fishing rod specially designed for catching bass and is 7ft to 8ft in length.
Mono – Monofilament fishing line
Terminal Tackle – Fishing items which include hooks, swivels, beads, snaps and anything else that can be attached to the end of a fishing line except for artificial baits.
Crank bait – A lipped lure that dives under the water surface when reeling it in or lipless crank baits that are skinny lures which look like minnows and sink to the bottom at a rate of approximately 1ft/second.
Dabbling – When working a lure many times beside a bush or tree you are said to be dabbling.
Fan Casting – This is when a fisherman casts in such a manner that he ends up having roughly covered a semi-circle after a series of casts working from left to right or the other way round.
Coontail – An aquatic plant of the hornwort family. It has stiff forked leaves and is usually found in hard water.
Pocket -This is an indentation of the shoreline.
Riprap – No this is not a bass dance but refers to hard core, rocks or similar material that is placed along the shoreline of a man made dam to help prevent erosion.
Hard Bottom – Any lake or river that has a floor or bottom that is firm enough to walk on whether it is hard sand, rock, clay or any other material is said to have a hard bottom
Laydown -If a fisherman says that the fish are biting at a laydown he is referring to a tree that has fallen in the water
Presentation – This word describes the total requirements necessary to land a fish. This includes the type and colour lure being used, how it is cast and retrieved, and the rest of the how, where, what and when. Like a business meeting this can be long winded
Short Strike – A fish strikes the lure but misses the hook
Nubbins, Pop corns. Babies, Dinks and Slicks – These are bass less than 14 inches long as required by tournament standards.
Lunker or Hawg – The much sought after size bass that weighs more than 4 pounds
Honey Hole – A hot spot is where it is really happening, big bass and keepers on the bite
Every time I go fishing I hope to locate a honey hole and when I do it results in heaps of excitement and action. If this expectation of finding a honey hole was not there then I will probably be looking to partake in another sport.