Water Slashes From Fishing Rod As Line Is Cast


If you want to be a good angler, you must know the technical terms in fishing as well. Getting started in fishing can be quite confusing. Here is a list of the essential terms you will need to know.

Check out these common fishing terms you should know of before you make your first catch.


It is probably the first and most basic term you should know about fishing. Rods have reel-holding seats and line guides for better fishing. Fibreglass or graphite are of the materials fishing rods are made of. There are different types of rods for every angler’s need such as baitcasting, spinning, fly fishing, spincast, offshore trolling and surf fishing.


It describes how much the rod bends when there’s pressure on the tip. There are three types of action: The fast action rod provides better sensitivity and faster power for hook setting, the medium action rod gives you longer casting distance and adequate power, while slow action rods bend the rod similar to the length of the rod.


If someone says that your rod has a lot of backbone, they mean that it has a lot of power. Power describes the strength of the rod or the lifting power, and it’s directly related to the line strength. Power ratings range from ultra-light to extra heavy. Consider your fishing needs in choosing the right power rating.


It is an idea that reflects the ability of your entire rod to flex under load and release the stored energy in the cast. A fishing rod differs from the material used, and each material has a unique response to the rod. Some of the materials used are graphite and fibreglass.


It is a mechanical device used for holding and spooling your fishing line. Reels have different styles like casting, spinning, spincast and fly. Each type is intended for every angler’s specific use. Reels consist of a handle for retrieving the line, a line spool and a foot to clamp into a rod.


A line is a specialised string made from various materials like braided fibres and other composites. It is used to reach your target species. Each line differs in length depending on your angling needs.


Terminal Tackle describes bobbers, sinkers, rigs, snaps, hooks, swivels and alike components which are at the end of the fishing line to catch fish.


A tackle box is a bog consist your special compartments allowing you to hold your lures, hooks, terminal tackle and your other fishing gears.


A length of monofilament, wire or other stranded material tied between the end of the line and the lure or hook. Leaders provide you with extra strength or abrasion resistance.


Bait is added to a hook to catch fish. It can either be live or dead fish like worms, eels, insects, mussels, shrimp, squid and a lot more. While lures are artificial baits used to attract fish with fitted hooks like soft plastic imitations, spinners and spinnerbaits. Whatever you prefer to use, baits and lures attract fishes helping you to get that bite.


It is a metal wire device attached at the end of your line to catch the fish. Circle hooks have an angled point while double and treble hooks have two or three points.

Now that you know the essential terms used for fishing, it’ll be easier for you to get along with other anglers as well as to learn more ways on how to fish given that you already know which is which. There are still many more terms for you to pick up as you get more involved in fishing. I hope these basic terms help you on your journey to becoming hooked on fishing.



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Jake Taylor
Jake Taylor

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.