Fishing Terminology

Angling
The act of using a rod, line and hook to catch fish.
Bail
Found on a spinning reel, it is the wire arm that is used to wrap the spool with line.
Barb
A protusion that can typically be found near the tip of a hook that prevents a fish from becoming unhooked. Some hooks have them on the shank to help hold bait called a Baitholder.
Bed
Commonly called a nest, it is an area that has been cleared by a fish for eggs to settle during spawning. In shallow water, they are often visible, as when the top layer of mud and silt is removed by the fish, it exposes either the bright gravel bottom, or the darker mud below.
Braid
Is a type of fishing line known for its high strength, low memory, and smaller diameter compared to fluorocarbon or monofilament. It is made by weaving individual strands of a material together.
Caudal
At or near the tail or posterior part of the body.
Chum
Ground up bait that is used to attract various species of fish to the area you are fishing.
Cover
Can be anything that a fish can hide under, or in, and used for protection from predators, the sun, and to ambush unsuspecting prey. This includes weeds, stumps, fallen trees and branches, boulders, docks, etc.
Dorsal
Situated on or towards the upper side of the body, the equivalent to a back.
Flanks
The side of the body, between the ribs and hip.
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