Kayak fishing Lingo

As with any sport there are often terms that are used by the veterans, that an outsider may have a slight inclination as to their definition or no clue to their criptic meaning. These are just a few and I thought it might be entertaining, even educational to list some of them here. These terms vary or may even be very different from place to place.

Boga’s- These are metal devices used to secure fish by gripping their lips. Especially good when dealing with fish that are very toothy and can cause you some serious damage if your hand or fingers gets near their mouth. Another less expensive and very popular version would be the plastic “Fish Grip”.
 
Break off- This is what Kayak Fishermen fear most. This happens when you are fighting the fish of your life and your line breaks. To be noted here that every fish that breaks off is a trophy as their size and weight cannot be verified by anyone else.
 
Crack Head- Any operator of a powered vessel that is operating their vessel in an unsafe manner or is intoxicated (BUI).
 
Ditch bag- This is a dry bag stuffed with the essential items you may need to survive until rescued or get out on your own. The contents will depend on the season, environment and location.
 
Fish On!- A shout that indicates to ones buddies that they have hooked a fish, as in "a fish is on the line"
 
Fish porn- The pictures of catches that yak anglers share on forums and blogs, and are included throughout this book.
 
Flat water- This is the term used to refer to any calm river, lake or ocean water usually open and without rapids or waves.
 
Glitter Rocket- Fun name for a Bass Boat as they tend to rocket from spot to spot at full throttle.
 
Gorilla Launch- This term is used to describe the process of launching your kayak at improvised and often unauthorized launch points.
 
Hole- This is a dangerous and turbulent river feature usually formed behind large rocks or other obstructions. Normally to be avoided, a hole can suck a kayak beneath the water and hold it there.
 
Hypothermia- A serious condition where the body’s core temperature drops to a dangerous level, normally in wet and cold conditions. The victim can become drowsy or disoriented. If not treated quickly, hypothermia can lead to death due to exposure.
 
Newbie or Noob- An affectionate name for the New Guy, they are usually inexperienced and seeking info on kayak fishing.
 
PFD- Personal Flotation Device (life jacket or vest)
 
Pull down- This is usually what happens when fishing with rod in a rod holder and the reel is locked so a striking fish cannot take line. The fish hits bait and pulls the rod tip below the surface of the water. This can result in a break off and does not necessarily result in a hook up. The biggest problem with a pull down is getting the rod out of the rod holder with that much pressure on it.
 
Reentry- (also known as self rescue) this is simply the term used to describe the process of getting back in your kayak after turtleing.
 
Rigging- This is the process of outfitting a kayak with all the gear and devices that will allow that angler to successfully pursue the game of their choice.
 
Sleigh ride- This is the ride you get when hooked up with a fish and the fish begins to tow your kayak around.
 
Strainer- This is a hazard on fast moving rivers that can drown a kayaker with a quickness. This condition occurs when the current is flowing through a fallen tree and when you kayak hits the branches or anything solid sideways, when this happens your yak immediately gets rolled by the current and you are pulled under and pinned against the limbs. STAY AWAY from these!
 
Tracking- This term is used to describe how well a yak tracks through the water (keeps its direction) while moving in the water. Tracking can also be affected by influence of wind and current.
 
Turtle- This is when your kayak goes from being right side up, to being upside down. This usually means that the kayaker is also swimming and wondering how to replace all the fishing gear they just lost. The term comes from the upside down kayak hull looking like a turtle shell in the water.
 
Wagging- The amount of side to side movement or drifting of a kayak while paddling. Wagging is especially more pronounced in shorter kayaks. This is the opposite of tracking.
 
Yard sale- This is used to describe the gear that floats that was not secured to a kayak after turtleing. It is floating around or washes up on the beach like it is for sale.
 
Yak-ass- (also called swamp ass) this condition is caused when you have been sitting in water in the seat of your yak for some time and your bottom becomes chaffed. This condition is non-existent in the newer raised seat kayaks.

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