Slang and Terms Starting With 'D'

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darter-head jig

jig with an arrowhead-shaped head


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 As Paying Customers, Just Dead (extra) Weight.


technique by which a bait is cast and allowed to lie motionless (or with no motion imparted by the angler) for long periods of time


Bottom fishing in deep water, from 500 to 1,100 feet and sometimes deeper. Usually, a sash (window) weight is required to reach bottom. Circle hooks are a necessity.


a crankbait designed to run 10 feet deep or more


Sediment deposited at the mouth of a major river, pushing shallow water offshore, as in the Mississippi Delta.


sonar unit used to anglers to locate and identify underwater features, including fish


sonar unit used to anglers to locate and identify underwater features, including fish


Small Sardines.


Little Fish.


Large Sardines.

do nothing

technique developed by Charlie Brewer using light spinning tackle to swim a small, weighted plastic worm with a steady retrieve

do-nothing rig

Western, clear water technique generally applied in deep water and on light line. Consists of main line with a small brass sinker, then a bead, and light wire hook. Baits are usually small 4-inch worms. The rig is dropped to desired depth and then just slightly jiggled or left to "do nothing."

dock lines

Ropes used to moor the boat.




Area Out In Front Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, Where The Reactors Look Like Big “domes”. Dolly Pardon?


a soft plastic bait fishing technique utilizing a basic Texas rig which has been modified by placing a plastic or glass bead between the sinker and the hook and shaking the rod tip during the retrieve to create noise


Large flounder, roughly the length and weight of a doormat.

double taper fly line

A tapered fly line that has the belly in the middle and tapers down at both ends. When one end is worn out, the line can be "flipped," and the other end used. Double taper lines have the advantages of being easier to roll cast at distance, easier to mend at distance, and easier to accurately do a "pickup and laydown" at distance than with a weight forward line.

double haul

A casting technique where the angler pumps the fly line with the non-casting hand on the forward and backward segments of the cast. The pumping motion accelerates the line and gives the cast additional length. Double hauling is an essential technique for long casting.


Used to slow troll most commonly for kingfish and grouper. Standard equipment on the kingfish tournament boats.

downrigger ball

Cannonball-shaped device with a fin, used to keep a trolled bait far beneath the boat.


to scale down tackle or lures for a more finesse approach

downstream drift

The act of allowing the fly to drift past the fisherman and rise to the surface on the river below him, particularly on a nymph drift.


An unnatural drift of a dry fly, due to current acting on a taut leader.

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Retrieving a crankbait so that it continually digs or dredges up the bottom. This causes reflex strikes from fish.

drift anchor

Used most commonly in windy areas, by fishermen who drift all day. This anchor is more of an underwater kite that slows the boat's drift in order to thoroughly fish a productive area.

drift boat

Also known as a Mackenzie river dory, it's a river fishing craft ranging between 14 and 18 feet long with a flat bottom, upswept prow and rigid hull.

drift fishing

Taking advantage of current or wind to move a boat through a targeted fishing area with minimum use of motor power.

drift sock

A large sock shaped like airport wind socks. This is dropped over the side of the boat to help control the boat in rough water.

drip bag

Very similar to an IV drip bag used by doctors, this device releases a constant drip of pogey oil over the side, attracting fish.

drop shot rig

Japanese designed technique in which the main line is tied to a sinker. The lure is tied to a leader which is tied above the sinker. This allows the lure to sit a the exact depth of suspended fish.

drop shotting

a fishing technique whereby a worm hook is attached directly to the line above a sinker; typically, a soft plastic bait is affixed to the hook and the rig is presented more or less vertically


an abrupt change in bottom contour, typically at the juncture of a flat and channel; a ledge


The secondary fly tied on the leader somewhere between the lead fly and the fly line.

dry fly

A pattern designed to imitate an adult insect, floating on top of the water.


A fly-tying technique that involves creating a yarn by applying a raw material directly onto the fly tying thread. Animal furs and various synthetics can be employed.