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The Language of Bass Fishing – Words and Meanings

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

Fishing Gear

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.

Actions

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.

Environment

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

Big Bass

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

My Favourite:
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.

Frank Rijkers, a certified yachtmaster offshore who after building his sailboat,went cruising around the world visiting strange places to satisfy his fishing needs.Fishing with a trolling motor for absolute stealth is what he loves best. Visit http://trollingmotorsreview.com for more trolling tips

The Top Bass Fishing Rigs and How They Are Secured

Bass fishing is one of the top sports enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages. It provides excitement and fun for the whole family. It is also enjoyed by many serious anglers that are just waiting for their chance to catch a trophy fish or win one of the many tournaments that are sponsored each year.

When it comes to bass fishing the method you use to set up the bait when fishing is very important. One popular method that is known for getting results is called rigging. The more you know about the types of rigs used and how to secure them for the most dramatic effect the better results you will have when bass fishing. Here are some of the most popular bass fishing rigs and how they are used to help you get the most out of every fishing trip.

Using worms as bait is one of the oldest methods around for fishing. People have used worms for centuries and they still work just as well today as they did in the beginning. Since fishing with live bait is not always an option, you can use soft plastic bait that was invented to take its place. These are used regularly by just about everyone who goes fishing. In fact, many anglers prefer to use the plastic bait over the live bait for many different reasons.

Due to this fact you need to know how to rig a plastic worm or similar bait for bass fishing. First of all, you need to know that using a weight will make the plastic worm float differently depending on where you place it. Therefore, there are basically three types of rigs available and they are called the weightless or floating rig, the Texas rig and the Carolina rig.

The first method is called the weightless or floating rig because you are fishing without a weight. This method will allow you to fish in very shallow water. With no weight to pull the plastic worm under it will basically float along the top. These rigs are designed with two hooks and a spinner located in the front. They now come in bright colors so you can see them move when the bass strike, making it easier to know when to set your hook.

The second method is called the Texas rig and with this method you will place a weight beside the head of the plastic worm. You can also use soft plastic crawfish or lizards as well. You will need to thread a bullet or slip sinker on the line before you tie the hook onto the end. Next, you will insert the hook about a quarter of an inch into the head of the worm. Rotate the hook to make sure it is embedded but do not let it come completely through the worm.

If you are bass fishing in areas that have a lot of brush or near overhangs this method works the best. It allows the worm to go through these structures easier without hanging up. You won’t scare the bass away by making a big splash if you use 1/8 ounce lead weight and this size will help the bait to float slowly down into the water. Of course, you should go with a heavier weight if you plan on fishing in deep water.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on bass fishing rigs here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/