Fishin' Slang

Let me know if I missed any!

        Albies = Albacore

        Albas = See Domes

        Barries = Barracudas

        Barelycuda = small or short barracuda.

        Barney = a term used to describe an angler who claims to know everything about fishing but canít get hung.

        Birdís Nest = Line overrun on the spool.

        Boil = Topwater Disturbance Caused By Big Fish Chasing Little Fish. Never leave a spot where fish are boiling.

        Bones = Bonito

        Bowser = seal

        Brady = An abnormally large cylindrical rapala used to catch tuna, whitefish, or ex-hookers.

        Braille = To throw net fulls of chum at a time.

        Breezers = Fish That Are Just Swimming Through The Area. Not Necessarily Feeding, Just Teasing.

        Brown Cod = Head use without enough current for dispersal.

        Buffalo = Dorado (a.k.a. a Jim Lewis)

        Buzz Saw = Getting cut off by another line crossing yours, other person not following their fish.

        Cabinboy = One Who Is Constantly Sleeping In The Cabin, Can't Take The Boredom.

        Candy = The 'preferred' Baitfish, Usually Live Squid.

        Cannelloni = I can with a partner too

        Cattle Boat = An Overcrowded Open-party Sport-fishing Boat. "Wow, Those Guys Are Packed On Like Cattle!"

        Chewing = Fish are biting

        Chicken = A Sea Gull; Especially One That Ate Your Hook. "Look, I Caught Some Chicken!"

        Chovies = Anchovies.

        Chummer = Seasick Person.

        Circus Animal = An annoying seal

        Condo = Massive Sized Kelp Paddy

        Dead-heads = Those Scraggly, Un-shaved "friends" Of The Deck-hands That Get To Ride On The Boat For Free. Often Seen Hogging The Best Corner Of The Boat To Fish On And Always Getting The "primo" Baits From The Guy On The Tank. They Are Not Considered Paying Customers, Just Dead (extra) Weight.

        Deens = Sardines

        Desert = No fish for miles.

        Dinies = Small Sardines.

        Dinks = Little Fish.

        Dinos = Large Sardines.

        Dodo = Dorado

        Dogs = Seals

        Domes = Area Out In Front Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Where The Reactors Look Like Two Very Big Fake Tits.

        Drag = Two Definitions Here. And No, One Of Them Is Not Dennis Rodman. This Could Be Referred To As The Braking Mechanism In Your Reel Or The Art Of Trolling, Which Is Simply Dragging Lures Behind The Boat.

        Farmer = One Who Constantly Loses Fish. Don't Know How This One Came About. (1)

        Firecrackers = Small Yellowtail

        Fish Heads = What's left after a sea dog gets a hold of your catch!

        Flattie = Halibut.

        Foaming = Lots Of Big Fish Feeding Heavily Upon Lots Of Little Fish. The Topwater Disturbance Is So Great It Creates A "foam" On Top Of The Water.

        Frisco Style = When you snag a fish in the butt.

        Gaff Master G = One especially adept at gaffing fish

        Galley Bitch = The cook.

        Going through the ghetto = fishing through a large school of NOTS

        Footballs = Little Tuna.

        Gorillas = Big Tuna.

        Grumps = Big Calico Or Sand Bass. Too Tough To Eat, Should Be Released.

        Hemp = Kelp Paddy, Kelp Beds

        Hollywood = term Used For The Guy That Fishes With The Clicker On Each Time The Fish Runs.

        Hook-up! = Term Used When You Have Hooked Into A Fish.

        Hooker = A Prostitute

        Hung = Hooked Up With A Big Fish.   As in, ďIím well hungĒ.

        La Scala = Is there a good place to eat around here?

        Laguna Tuna = A small mackerel.

        Logs = Big Barracuda.

        Longfins = Albacore.

        Lunker = Huge Trout Or Big Bass

        Mack Attack = Mackerel Eating Every Bait Thrown Making It Impossible To Catch Targeted Species.

        Macks = Mackerel.

        Make Bait = Catching Live Bait Yourself As Opposed To Buying It.

        Mangler = Idiot That Doesnít Look Behind Before Casting His Jig. Watch Out For This Guy, Unless You Want Your Nose Pierced For Free.

        Mossbacks = Yellowtail. This Is Usually A "large Yellowtail" Being Caught In An Area That He Shouldn't Be In Or Being Caught In The Winter Months. -

        Masterbaiter = One who can quickly and efficiently put his hook through the lower lip and head of a deen.

        Night Fishing = generally a bad time to catch fish.  They canít see the lures.

        N.O.T.S. = Albacore

        Paddy = Floating Kelp. Sometimes Lots Of Fish Hiding Underneath.

        Paddy Mak Daddy = Master kelp fisherman and captain of The Black Diamond

        Pinheads = Tiny Baitfish, Usually Die Immediately After Being Hooked.

        Pocket = Area Of Fish

        Professional Over-Run = See Birdís Nest

        Rats = Little Yellowtail.

        Rhinos or Trout = Big Sardines

        Rigs = Offshore Oil Platforms.

        Salad = Snagging kelp or other plantlife

        Sammy the Samurai = Legendary San Diego fisherman

        Sea Dog = Seal -- Or Sea Lion. Those Fish-robbing Dogs!

        Sewer Trout = See N.O.T.S.

        Shoe = Horseshoe Kelp. Located 3-5 Miles Off Long Beach Breakwall.

        Shoulders = Reference To A Big Fish That Is Really Thick Up By The Head

        Skinning the Dolphin = Just what is Cabinboy up to down there?

        Skippies = Skipjack Tuna

        Slammed! = Getting Hooked On A Fish.

        Slow Troll = Term Used For Nose Hooking A Bait And Kicking The Boat In Gear And Moving Slowly To Keep The Bait Alive

        Snot Sticks = Barracudas

        Soakiní Bait = Casting Out Your Bait And Waiting To Get A Bite.

        Spooked = Finicky Fish

        Spooled = All The Line Has Been Stripped From The Reel. Panic Time!

        Squirt Gun = Squid

        Stick or Gig = Gaff

        Stinky Pinky = An old dead squid.

        String = Fishing Line

        Tails = Yellowtail.

        Tangler = An Unhappy Angler Trying To Fish Aboard An Overcrowded Boat.

        Toads = Huge Fish

        Wide-open = Drop A Bait Into The Water, Catch A Fish.

        Worms = Live Bait, Sardines, Chovies Etc.

        Yellows = I Use This One A Lot And What's Worse Is It Could Be Referring To Either Yellowtail Or Yellowfin Tuna. Not Yellowfin Croaker.

        Zzzzzzzzz = The Sound Your Reel Makes After Your Bait Is Slammed At 50 Mph By A Hungry Tuna. Hookup! Yeah Baby!!!


(1) The way I heard about the term "farmer" came from an old crusty skipper who watched the passengers on his boat while they fished. Having nothing better to do on slow days, he sized them up based on the way they looked and their obvious skill - or the lack thereof - and would then make his sarcastic comments to the crew as to what kind of job that person probably did Ė like "college boy" or "ditch-digger". Throughout history, a farmer was a lowly peasant that had absolutely no talent, no worth. He was the bottom of the barrel in society and has been until this century. He simply stuck a seed in the ground and waited for it to grow. No rocket science needed there. So "Farmer" was the insult to the person that the skipper deemed "stupid " or "hopeless".