Glossary of Fishing Terms

brought to you by the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Inc.
Search Alphabetically:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Search by Keyword:


The pair of openings of the nose or nasal cavity of vertebrates; nostrils.

naturalized population
A self-sustaining population of an introduced species.

Consist of 32 species of long saltwater fishes that are sometimes called longtoms or sea gar. Several species of hound fish are among the larger members of this group. Some long, slim surface lures are made to imitate this fish group. Very common, often caught by coastal anglers. 2. A type of artificial lure.

night crawler
A type of earthworm used for fish bait.

Fishing for spawning catfish with bare hands. Also called hogging, grabbling, tickling, etc.

The nymphal stage of an aquatic insect or an imitation of same for fishing.