Ya Can’t Beat the Weather – Phrase
Definition: When an angler has a really bad day on the water and he/she can’t blame the weather for their failure, this is a popular phrase that is said. It basically means that the weather is beautiful but the fishing sucks (for them at least).
Example: “How was the fishing out there guys? … In response – Well, ya can’t beat the weather!”
It Was a Beautiful Sunrise or Sunset – Phrase
Definition: This is another commonly used phrase to describe a crappy day on the water. This is a popular response to being asked how the fishing was, and it was not the greatest. Basically the the scenery was beautiful but the fishing wasn’t.
Example: “How did you guys do on the lake this morning?….. (In response) It was a beautiful sunrise, you should of seen it.”
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Net – Phrase
Definition: Phrase that could be used in two different senses. Both are used after a fish has been hooked and an angler is fighting a fish. The first is if the fish is really small, the angler might joke and say we’re going to need a bigger net. The second is if the fish is really fighting hard and the angler can say this to indicate that it might be a huge fish.
Example: “OMG Derek, we’re going to need a bigger net! Do you see how hard this fish is fighting, it’s going to be a monster!” (Can be meant as truthful, or could be sarcastic)
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat – Phrase
Definition: Same meaning as we’re going to need a bigger net but the angler talks about the boat instead of the net. Can also be used to talk about a small fish or a large fish just like the net phrase.
Example: “Ryannnnn, I think we’re going to need a bigger boat man, I don’t know if this fish is going to fit in here!” (Again, this could be stated as serious statement or a sarcastic statement.)
Go on a Walk – Phrase
Definition: Describes moving to a new spot in the boat that is a short distance away or going to a spot first thing after launching the boat that is close by.
Example: “My next spot is only a walk away, so if we don’t catch anything in the next 15-minutes we’re going to fire up the big motor and go on a walk.”
Go on a Run – Phrase
Definition: Describes moving to a new spot in the boat that is a long distance away or going to a spot first thing after launching the boat that is a long way away.
Example: “I’m ready to go on a run tomorrow, my first spot that I’m going to fish during the tournament is 25-miles up river. It’ll be a run for sure.”
“5 and Change” – Phrase
Definition: This phrase is commonly used to describe a fish over 5-pounds. Especially in the North, a fish going over 5-pounds is considered a really big fish, so when an angler uses “5 and change” to describe a fish it generally means that it is big and over the 5-pound mark.
Example: “I have a five fish limit but 4 of them are nothing to brag about, I do have one in the boat though that is “5 and change”, that helped my total weight a lot.”
It’s Rolling out There – Phrase
Definition: Used to describe water that is forming constant waves from the wind. When the wind is blowing constantly at a high speed, the waves will form one after another and this makes it look as if they are just continually rolling across the surface making it a very unpleasant time for a bass boater to be on the water. Used to warn other anglers of dangerous or rough boating conditions.
Example: “I tried to make the run across the lake but unfortunately I couldn’t make it. It’s rolling out there so bad that I was taking too much water in from the front of the boat and had to turn around and head back into the cove.”
She’s a Little Nasty and Mad Today – Phrase
Definition: In this phrase, ‘she’ is referring to the body of water or mother nature. It simply means that the weather is really bad, it could be in terms of that it is raining, thunder-storming, or even snowing, but it usually always associates to wind along with one of those. The phrase is derived from the body of water looking like it is mad, for example on a calm summer day the lake looks peaceful and pleasant but when it is storming or windy it looks the total opposite. The water is moving, banging off the bank and it just gives off a mad vibe.
Example: “I was going to go out fishing today but I got to the launch and she looked a little mad today so i decided that I better just leave her alone and go home.”
I Love Fat Girls – Phrase
Definition: This phrase can be seen a lot on social media, it’s a common phrase used to express an angler’s love for big fish.
Example: “God do I love fat girls, nothing can compare to putting one of those big girls into the boat. I’d rather catch 5 fat girls over 20 skinny fish any day of the week.”
It’s a Blowing Out There – Phrase
Definition: Phrase used when the main lake is very windy. On bigger lakes, the bays and inlets are usually not as affected by the wind because they are protected and smaller areas of water. When it is really windy though, as soon as you go out to the main lake there could be huge waves because the water area is larger and is more affected by the wind. You’ll hear this phrase a lot from anglers coming back into bays that have been out on the main lake and it is a way to let other anglers know that it is very windy outside the bay.
Example: “I was just out on the main lake and you guys better be careful if you plan on going out there, it’s a blowing out there.”
It’s a Grind – Phrase
Definition: Used by anglers to describe a fishing situation that it tough or hard. Angler’s use this when they are having trouble catching fish and could possibly not be catching anything at all or maybe a couple here and there. Refers to fishing conditions in which an angler really has to work hard to find and catch fish because the fish are not eating or are not doing what anglers expect them to do at that time.
Example: “Everyone I talked to that is fishing today said that it has been a grind out there on the lake. It doesn’t seem like anyone is really catching them, and the fish they are catching seem to be few and far between. You are really going to have to work for bites on tournament day to try and get 5 keeper fish.”
It’s All About the Angle – Phrase
Definition: One thing about fish in general is that if you hold them out as far as you can and take a close up picture, an angler can make a 2 pound bass look like a 5 pounder in a photograph. So the phrase “it’s all about the angle” refers to the angle at which an angler takes a picture of their fish.
Example: “Ryan, the guppy master, posted that picture of that 2-pound largemouth on instagram and told everyone it was a 6-pounder. He extended his arm when I took the picture and I got really close so it looks huge in the picture!! I guess it really is all about the angle.”
Big Baits Catch Big Fish – Phrase
Definition: Common assumption made by some anglers that believe that the bigger bait that you throw the bigger the fish will be that eats it. Some anglers believe this is just because the smaller fish won’t eat but if you throw smaller baits you could catch both small fish and big fish. No one knows which one is actually true and it is all preference and belief, but the anglers that believe the big bait assumption often use this phrase when they catch a fish of substantial size on a larger bait.
Example: “Forget throwing any of those finesse style baits, I’m not into catching small fish. I’m all about throwing those huge swimbaits and jigs because everyone knows big baits catch big fish!”
Caught Em’ in Practice – Phrase
Definition: Anglers use this phrase most commonly when they do not do well in a tournament but thought that they were on fish while they were pre-fishing. Many anglers think that it’s just a way out for an angler to seem like they aren’t that terrible and use this as a way of showing that they could catch fish but their plan just did not work out. Whether or not the angler actually caught them in practice is usually a mystery and doesn’t really matter because the only fish that count are during the actual tournament.
Example: “I don’t know what happened today during the tournament, I only ended up weighing in one fish but I swear to you guys I caught em’ in practice. I was on fish all week and then it was like they disappeared when I tried to catch them during the tournament.”
Trim Down for What – Phrase
Definition: Bass boats have motors that trim up and down so that they can navigate different types of water. When a bass boat motor is trimmed down, the propeller is lower in the water column so the boat moves slower but has less of a chance of coming out of the water, especially in rough water. When the motor is trimmed up, the propeller is higher in the water column so the boat moves faster but is easier to lose control of. Anglers say, “trim down for what” meaning that they are running their boats with the trim up so they could go faster and are putting themselves in more danger.
Example: “I was passing all different types of boats today because the water was pretty rough and they all had their motors trimmed down. I knew I had to get my spot first, so I took the risk and trimmed up and blew right by them. Trim down for what!!”
He/She has a Sack – Phrase
Definition: In tournaments, fish are generally weighed in using a weigh-in bag which is just a bag or “a sack”. So, when an angler has a big limit of bass they will refer to it as “catching a sack”. ‘He/she has a sack’ means that the angler has a big limit of fish or that they caught a big limit of fish.
Example: “Matt is leading the tournament right now with 20-pounds but Grae hasn’t weighed in yet and rumor on the dock is that he is about to weigh in a friggin’ sack! I saw Zach earlier on the water too and he said he had a sack also.”
Threw Everything at Em’ but the Kitchen Sink – Phrase
Definition: There are a million different lures and colors that an angler can throw in the fishing market nowadays. When an angler can’t catch fish on what seems like whatever they try to throw, they will start digging in their boat and start trying different things and different colors. If they still can’t catch a fish, they will describe their experience as though they threw everything they could think of at the fish to try and get them to bite but the kitchen sink. Which, obviously you cannot throw a kitchen sink to try and catch fish, it is just an analogy to get the point across that they tried to throw everything.
Example: “I tried throwing a jig, dropshot, spinnerbait, swimbait, and crankbait. I basically threw everything that I own at the fish today to try and get a bite and couldn’t come up with anything. And I’m telling you I threw everything at em’ but the kitchen sink.”
I Have Some Keepers – Phrase
Definition: This phrase is generally used by anglers when they have a small limit or less than a limit of bass to weigh in for a tournament. The angler is insinuating that they caught fish but nothing of substantial size and they only have some fish that are barely the legal size.
Example: “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch the monster bag I thought I was going to be able to catch on this lake, but I do have some keepers to weigh in.”
That’ll Eat – Phrase
Definition: Phrase not commonly used by anglers because tournament bass anglers very seldom eat their catch but some still eat bass once in awhile, or they will eat smaller panfish that they catch. This is the phrase that those anglers use to describe a fish catch in which the angler believes that the fish is of big enough size to keep and eat.
Example: “That’ll eat, throw that perch in the livewell, it might not be a gigantic one but it’ll definitely eat!!
Caught Enough to Cash a Check – Phrase
Definition: Angler’s say this when they caught a limit of bass that they feel will be good enough to place them high enough in a tournament in order to get paid with a check. It usually means that the angler had a mediocre day in which they didn’t do terrible but they didn’t do really amazing to finish at the top or near the top.
Example: “I didn’t catch enough to get into the top 12 today to fish tomorrow but luckily, I caught enough cash a check and place inside the top 50 cut. If they only paid out 30 spots instead of 50 I would’ve missed it.”
They’re Stacked – Phrase
Definition: Phrased used to describe a lot of bass that are located in one small area. An angler will say that the bass he is fishing for are stacked because they will be in a school together. Or a lot of them will relating to the same piece of structure and the angler can catch multiple fish fast. The fish will seem as if they are actually on top of each other in the water, like they are “stacked”.
Example: “I found a school of smallmouth today in 20-feet of water and they were completely stacked on top of this rock, I caught fish on 8 consecutive casts!”
In the Water – Phrase
Definition: Common phrase used by anglers when they do not want to reveal where they caught their fish. When asked where they caught their fish or where they were catching their fish, they will answer sarcastically, “in the water”, if they do not want to reveal the location.
Example: “I hate when other anglers ask me where I caught my fish at or where I am catching my fish. Obviously, I’m not going to tell them because I want to be able to catch fish there the next time I go back, so I always give them a half smile and just tell them I caught them in the water.”
On a Lure – Phrase
Definition: Common phrase used by anglers when they do not want to reveal what they caught their fish on. When asked what they used to catch their fish or how they were catching their fish, they will answer sarcastically, ‘on a lure’, if they do not want to reveal what they were throwing and what they caught their fish on.
Example: “I strongly believe that the lure I’m catching my fish on is something no one else is even thinking about, so if anyone asks what I’m throwing or what I’m catching my fish on, I’m sarcastically going to tell them ‘on a lure’.”
BlacknBlue Jig – Noun
Definition: A phrase made famous by the Penn State Bass Fishing Team. It is another way of letting other anglers know that they do not want them to know what they were using to catch their fish. Similar to the phrase ‘on a lure’, but instead of saying ‘on a lure’, the angler just says blacknblue jig.
Example: Kevin Hunt: “Whatdya catch on em’ today Penn State?” “All of our fish ended up coming off of blacknblue jigs, just like the last 5 tournaments Kevin!”