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Glossary of Fishing Terms

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Terms

Mackenzie drift
A type of double-ended boat with a flat bottom used for drift-fishing on rivers; originated in the Pacific Northwest.


mackerel
Scombrids such as Atlantic mackerel and king mackerel. The Scombridae family also includes tuna, bonitos and skipjacks. See bonito.


mackinaw
A common name for lake trout in the Northwest.


madtom
A series of small freshwater catfish. Used as bait for a number of game fish, especially smallmouth bass.


mahimahi
The Hawaiian name for dolphin. See Hawaiian fish names.


maiden cane
A grass found in the southern United States.


marlin
Species of billfishes: black marlin, blue marlin, white marlin, shortbill spearfish, striped marlin and longbill spearfish. Marlin refers to several species. See billfish and spearfish.


menhaden
The collective name for several species of fish used for bait and also commercially for oil and cat food. Colloquial names include bunker, mossbunker, pogy (not porgy, a different fish


microfibbet
Synthetic tailing material used in fly-tying.


milfoil
A waterweed that is often encountered by anglers and can become a nuisance in some aquatic systems.


mojarra
An inland game fish of tropical Latin America.


monofilament
Long-chain single-strand nylon used for fishing line. Also called mono.


mooching
A technique used primarily in salmon and steelhead fishing.


mossback
Colloquial term for a large, sluggish fish, shellfish, turtle, etc.


mousie
A crane fly larva used as fish bait. Also an ice fishing term for a common ice fishing bait.


mullet or mullets
Several species of fish of the mullet family used for bait and food. An important inshore forage species.


muskellunge
Largest member of the freshwater pike family, which includes northern pike and several pickerel species. Colloquially called muskie or musky. Muskie is preferred.