Have you been reading your newest fishing magazine and realized you did not understand what the writer was saying? Study these terms and you’ll sound like a pro.
Anti-reverse switch: stops rotor from free spooling on spinning reels
Bail wire: controls line release and retrieval on spinning reels
Blank: the basic rod shaft before adding guides, handles, etc.
Butt Section: the base or bottom section of a rod
Casting: the art of launching a lure from the angler to the water
Crank: reel handle
Drag Knob: controls the speed of line released; on the front or rear of spinning reels; on the side or top of casting reels
Ferrule: the connection joint for multi-pieces rods
Free Spooling: this happens if the anti-reverse is not engaged or has failed to work; the reel spool spinning freely in either direction
Foot: (or reel foot) the metal or plastic bar on the bottom of casting reels or top of spinning reels where the reel attaches to the rod
Fuji: the brand name of a well known top- quality guide and reel seat manufacturer
Float: (or bobber) used to keep the bait off the bottom and to help detect a bite
Grips: the rod handle; usually made of plastic, EVA foam or cork
Level Wind: (on baitcasting reels); evenly guides line back on to the spool after casting
Line Guides: plastic, metal or ceramic circles attached to the shaft of the rod; used to control the fishing line
Line Roller: attached to bail wire and rotor on a spinning reel; evenly guides line back on to the spool after casting
Pistol Grip: describes the short, stubby handle on baitcast rods
Rotor: (on a spinning reel) the formed metal or plastic U- shaped device that holds the spool.
Setting the hook: pulling the rod up sharply so the hook will stick in the fishes mouth enabling you to bring the fish to shore.
Spool: holds fishing line
Strike: when a fish takes or tries to take a lure
Terminal Tackle: the items between the rod and the fish; examples: line, lure, hook, swivel, etc.
Tip Top Guide: the guide on the top of the rod; these guides slide over the tip andare glued on to the rod
Thumb Button: (or thumb bar) on a casting reel, used to release the line while casting
Trigger Grip: (on casting rods) a finger support that is similar to a gun trigger
Trolling: Dragging the line, hook, and bait through the water by a slow moving boat
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