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Slang names & nicknames for fish, gear

Weed Shark

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We were getting sidetracked on the kid's fish knowledge thread. To keep focus there, I'll start a new one. Let's here fish nicknames and slang terms. You must provide the meaning since it is not always completely clear. So far we have:

Walleye: Ol' Marble-eye, Heavy one that hangs down/Lead Pencil

Largemouth Bass: Bucketmouth, Ol' Mossy-back

Crappie: Specs, Ol' Papermouth, big/Slab, big/Crappellunge

Smallmouth Bass: Bronze-backs

Northern: Snot Rockets, Green Toothed Weed Shark, Small/Hammer Handle, skinny/Snake, Large/Gator

Dogfish: Barker

Carp: Ol' Buglemouth, Bugle-mouth Bass

***Throw in gear names if you want***

Rod: flexible/Buggy Whip, stiff/Pool Cue

Steel leader for flyfishing: Piano Wire

Some of them are widely accepted, some are used only in your circle of friends. Sometimes it is a regional thing midwest, down south, or those Canucks (Canadians).

Pronunciation changes too. One example I kenw but never laughed about until the following conversation. My wife and I befriended a couple from Georgia. We are at a barbeque having a beer:

Me: blah,blah "...Crappie..." blah, blah

Him: "What did you say?"


He and his wife look at each other for a moment and burst out laughung.

Him: "They're pronouce it a little different where we come from. I have to admit, your way sounds better."

Note: Up north it is said as "Croppy," down south it is, uh, well, you get it....

Him: "If I told my fishin' buddies (now using his most refined tone) 'Look...I caught a CROPPIE!' they would throw me out of the boat."

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Largemouth: Big/Hawgs

Smallmouth: Big/Pigs

umm...what else?

Catfish pole: Tent pole

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Sunfish, perch, rock bass "Bait stealers" or sunfish while chasing them are "sunnies"

Back home rough fish are "trash fish"

Northerns are " slimmers" "snot rockets" "hammer handles"

Largemouth are "bucketmouths"

Rapalas in our group at least are "raps"

Our group refers to any type of lindy rig or crawler harness "spinners" wether they have a spinner or not

"jibbling" is any kind of subtle jigging action

umm what else.....

Oh yeah "PILE OF S***" is anything that isnt reliable and often refered to broken trucks and or outboards even if they are reliable grin.gifgrin.gifmad.gifcrazy.giftongue.gif

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Walleyes: Gravel Lizards

Bass: Daubers or Mud Daubers

Bluegills: Bulls

Northerns: Slimers

Catfish: Mudcats

Bullheads: No name but when they start biting it's "Bullhead Bullsh$t"

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Pike= Green Death

Largemouth= Football

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Walleye: Sand Carp; bottom feeders

casting into the trees: fishsticks

and i have one buddy who fishes with rods we swear were made from a brromstick.

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Rockbass: baumann-walleye/because when I'm walleye fishing this is all I seem to catch.

Muskie: ski/water wolf/meaning a predator in the waters

Thick weeds: slop or slop fishing!!!

Spinners: lindy rigs with or without a blade trolled for the "bauman-walleye"

Bird fishing: when we happen to launch our baits into the trees instead of the water.

"Donator": when you enter a tournament and become one of the losers. You DONATED your money to me, the winner!!!! Or the next time your buddy enters a tournement, tell them to just donate it to me because that's were its going anyways. grin.gif

Structure: pretty lady sun bathing on the dock!!! cool.gif


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You can't forget about the "Weed Bass, Stick Bass and the occasional Brush pile Bass" for those miscalculated casts. grin.gif

And of course you always need to catch your "Salad" while trolling for those eyes.


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You can't forget about the "Weed Bass, Stick Bass and the occasional Brush pile Bass" for those miscalculated casts.


Miscalculated cast = birds nest = backlash = professional overrun = "first day with the new reel"


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Hey CA,

Aren't you forgetting one?

Crappie after cold front: "CRAPPIEATTITUDE"

MR grin.gif

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Walleye = Walters as in, "I know your down there Walter!"

Smallmouth = Smallies, Humpbacks, Footballs

On our yearly BWCA trip we call anything but a Walleye a trash fish. A buddy holds up a 40" Northern, "Put that trash fish back in the water and start focusing on dinner!"

Big fish = Hoss, Pig, Sow, Gator, Monster, Old Son, Big Daddy, Grand Daddy, The Dooshie Reeba (I think it's a made up term, but I've been using it so long I don't remember), General Sherman, Catfish Hunter......theres probably 20-30 more I'm forgetting.

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Walleye-Walter J. McGillicuddy (My husband is too funny!) cool.gif

Northerns-El Slimo (My slang name for 'em)


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Oooh. LOL's

(Fishermam's) Christmas tree = casting into the trees.

Lochness monster = snagging on submerged timber


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Small northern under 14" are hammer handles

Walleyes are Walter's

Big female bass with bellies are footballs

Small Bass are McDonalds or quarterpounders

Fishing green colored water "is fishing the tea"

Our latest one is when fishing for the biggest fish in the lake we are looking for Ricky Bobbie

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When ever someone gets a snag on the bottom I tell them I hope they aint hooked on the plug. Wouldn't want ya to pull the plug out and drain the lake.

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Small Northern - Hammer Handle (like my name!)

Large Northern - Living Log

Weeds - Grass Bass

Dragon Flies - Mosquito Hawks

Herons - Shite Pokes

Sunfish - Silvers, Punkinseeds, Brownies (or Centipedes or Mud Suckers (Depends on the type of sunfish).

Largemouth Bass - Black Bass

Grub Worms - Kenneeps (sp?)

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add another one...

BEER= canoopers or cold boys

Beers = Orange Whips smile.gif you remember where that is from of course smile.gif

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[quoteBeers = Orange Whips smile.gif you remember where that is from of course smile.gif

Could that have been from the classic "BLUES BROTHERS?"

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