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Back to Basics: Essential Fishing Terminology PartII

Welcome back to the second instalment of our new 'Back To Basics' blog!

'Back To Basics' is aimed at newcomers to fishing, beginners who want to learn more and those who might need a refresher! We will be sharing general information, top tips, product guides and random trivia among other things! This month we are continuing our A-Z of essential fishing terms ...


Jerk bait - a lure that floats and when you pull or jerk the line, goes underwater.

Jigging - sporadic up and down movement of the rod which makes the bait imitate the natural movement of an insect.


Keep net - used to keep fish alive until the end of a fishing session, when they are returned to the water. Click on the picture below to find out what Keep nets we have on sale!

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Ledgering - fishing without a float & using a heavy weight to keep the bait on the river bed or at the bottom of a lake.

Line Guides - the rings or eyes on a rod through which the fishing line is passed.

Line - Fishing line comes in many forms but the most common is mono filament made from nylon. Anglers should use the lightest line possible to prevent detection by fish, but at the same time, heavy enough to stop it breaking. The Line should always be disposed of correctly to prevent wildlife becoming caught!


Korda Adrena-line



Match fishing - a competitive form of coarse fishing which involves drawing out a random peg and then trying catch as many fish as possible within an allotted time. Usually the winner is the person with the greatest weight of fish caught.

Mainline - the main fishing line on a fishing reel.


Neap tide - the tide with the least movement between the high and low water, which happens during the first and last quarter of the moon cycle.


Outriggers - poles that extend out from a boat enabling several lines to be fished, without tangling.

Overfishing - Too much fishing, often in reference to a specific species and a specific area.



Fishing in a lake



Peg - a predefined fishing area split up into evenly spaced fishing areas which are often marked with a wooden peg (hence the name) or marker.

Plumbing up / Plumb the depth - using a weight or plummet attached to your fishing line to check the depth of water you will be fishing.

Playing - fighting a fish to tire it out, making it much easier to land.

Pole - similar to a rod but without the eyes and reel seat. Comes in different lengths.


Quiver tip - a special type of rod used to detect bites while ledgering. It has a sensitive tip that curves over when the angler has a bite. Quiver tips vary in strength and stiffness which can be changed according to weather conditions.


Rise -when a fish breaks the surface of the water to catch an insect.

Run - has three meanings. 1) A hooked fish making a dash for freedom away from the angler.  2) A stretch of water.  3) A group of fish that are the same species, migrating together up a stream to spawn. This definition is usually associated with the seasons, e.g. spring, summer, and winter runs.


Salmon jumping out of water


We hope you have enjoyed our Back to Basics blogs so far! Stay tuned for the final instalment of our A-Z!


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