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Ask A Captain Week 8 answers – Fishing Slang Follow-up!

Hello, Searcher friends!  It’s Jen, back with a follow-up to our “Ask A Captain!” Week 5 Challenge.

If you missed the “Ask A Captain!” Challenge about fishing terms, check it out here: (click for a new window)

After taking the challenge, many of you responded with a fishing slang term we didn’t include, thank you!

However, only one reader sent in enough terms for a whole follow-up:

Jeff Hull with his 42# jackpot yellowfin from the Searcher trip Aug 26-28!

Jeff Hull with his 42# jackpot yellowfin from the Searcher trip Aug 26-28!

Searcher friend Jeff Hull sent in a whole list of fishing slang I didn’t have on my first published list! He said the list includes “some that I have come across over the years as well as ones said on the Searcher every trip I am on.”

BOIL – When tuna are feeding on bait near the surface and it creates ripples on the water.

FRESH ONE – When a group of guys are fishing a school of fish and a new guy gets bit.

HOOKUP – When you set the hook on a fish and the fight starts.

WIDE OPEN – When you land on a school of fish that wants to eat bait thrown.

SAWED OFF- When a fisherman’s line with a fish on gets cut by someone’s braid or by the bottom of the boat.

EAGLES NEST – When you get a birds nest that cannot be fixed.

SPOTTIES – Spotted bay bass

CHOVIES – Anchovies

GOAT – A large male sheephead

ALBIES – Albacore Tuna

RATS – Small Yellowtail

BARDOOR – A large halibut


COFFEE GRINDER – Spinning reel

HEADSHOT – When you gaff a fish in the head to keep marks off the meat

HITCHHIKER – When you catch a fish and a bigger fish decides to eat the fish you already caught and you bring both up to the boat.

*Thanks, Jeff, for sending in all of those terms!

So, Searcher friends, did you know them all?

Bonus Opportunity! If you send in a fishing slang term not listed, you will qualify for our end of the month “Ask A Captain!” drawing which will occur on Wednesday, September 30.  Email to with “Ask A Captain!” in the subject line before Sep. 30 to be included in the September drawing!

How does “Ask A Captain” work?

  • Got a question for the Searcher captains?  They want to answer!  Captains Art, Aaron, Kenny, Joe and Ryan are waiting for you to send in a question for them!
  • Each individual who submits a question to our Searcher captains will be entered into a monthly drawing for a FREE tackle swag bag, courtesy of our generous sponsors. The next prize drawing will be held on SEPTEMBER 30!
  • Submit your question via email to with “Ask A Captain!” in the subject line.  I’ll hunt down answers from our captains and post for all to see. Selected questions and answers will be posted every week on and Facebook.

What are you waiting for?  Send in your question or fishing slang term!  Good luck!


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