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5 Fishing Terms for Beginners May 1, 2018

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5 Fishing Terms for Beginners, Juneau, Alaska

Fishing is one of the many wonderful ways to immerse yourself in the natural world and enjoy both exciting adventures and quiet, peaceful moments. If you’re planning your first fishing trip, take a moment to familiarize yourself with common terms and lingo. You will enjoy a more rewarding day on the water. 

Top 5 Fishing Terms Beginners Need to Know

1. Bottom Feeder

fishingBottom feeders are fish who feed on clams, worms, and other invertebrates, fish, and plants found at the bottom of lakes, rivers, and oceans. Their mouths point downward, and they possess barbels or types of skin appendages that help them find food. Sturgeons, catfish, and carp are among the most commonly-known bottom feeders, many of which grow to impressive sizes. The white sturgeon, for example, can weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

2. Bobber

Bobbers attach to fishing lines and float on top of the water. They come in several sizes and types and make it possible for your bait to remain at the desired depth instead of sinking to the bottom of a lake or other water body. Also known as floats, bobbers “bob” on the water when a fish takes the bait.

3. Flies

Flies are types of bait made from feathers, animal fur and hair, glass, and synthetic materials among others. Used mainly for fly fishing, flies resemble insects that float on the surface of the water, such as grasshoppers and mayflies, as well as minnows and larvae. Some flies have no particular shape and simply encourage a curious fish to bite.

4. Break-Off

Break-offs refer to fish that break the fishing line instead of the hook and subsequently swim away. Fishing lines break for many reasons, including poorly-tied knots, abrasions and nicks, and UV light damage.

5. Reel

The reel is the mechanical component of a fishing pole. It attaches to the fishing rod and holds the line while also making it possible to wind and unwind the line. Beginners often use spin-casting reels because they are easy to manipulate and do not tangle easily.


If you reside in the Juneau area of Alaska, plan a fishing trip with Big Jim’s Charters. Located in Auke Bay and headed by expert fisherman and sailor Captain Mike Bonfils, this company offers reasonable charter packages on comfortable boats with heated cabins and complimentary snacks. Call (866) 244-5467 to book your fishing party, or visit the website for more information. You can also like the company on Facebook for the latest tips and community news.

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