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Fishing has its own unique lexicon

A crankbait is not a night crawler with an attitude. And fish beds don't have mattresses.

Updated: June 19, 2006, 6:08 PM ET
By Ron Schara

A crankbait is not a night crawler with an attitude. And fish beds don't have mattresses.

A novice angler eavesdropping on a conversation between veteran hooks is apt to hear confusing fish-speak.

Like any sport, fishing has its own lingo and it often changes, although more slowly than the tides. So, let's review a few common angling terms:

Backlash: A tangle of fishing line in a reel caused by poor or novice casting skills. When a skilled caster, such as myself suffers tangled ...

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Fishing has its own unique lexicon