Results starting with 'L'

Lagoon
Found mostly in the Pacific, lagoons are shallow, protected areas usually ringed by coral reef.
Larva
The second, or "worm" phase of an insect's life cycle.
Laydown
a shoreline tree that has fallen into the water; also known as a "blowdown"
Lead fly
The primary fly tied on the end of a fly line.
Leader
In conventional fishing, the very terminal end of your line, where the fish does business. It can be wire where needed for toothy critters, or a mere gossamer thread when fooling wary trout.
Leadhead
Slang term for a lead head jig.
Leading
(pronounced "leeding") The act of keeping the rod tip and strike indicator downstream of the drifting nymph.
Ledge
an edge of a flat or gently sloping bottom that is cut by any channel or other feature so as to create a sharp dropoff
Leech
A bloodsucking worm that trout love to eat.
Levelwind
feature on a baitcast reel that lays the line evenly across the spool as line is being retrieved
Lever drag
A mechanism that actuates drag adjustment through a lever on top of the reel, rather than by a rotating a drag star on the handle main shaft (star drag). Lever drags were first introduced on big game reels and have recently been added to lighter application reels.
Limit
Legal limit of bass, or other fish. Tournament normally use five-bass limits per angler.
Line memory
The characteristic of fishing line to have coils in it when it comes off the reel, due to being coiled up while on the spool of the reel. Braided lines have less memory than extruded lines like monofilament.
Line tie
the portion of a lure where the line is tied onto it
Line weight
Fly lines are assigned a "weight" number according to how much the front thirty feet of line weighs in grains. Between certain bracketed grain weights, numbers are assigned. If your rod says "6 weight" or "#6" you will need a 6 weight line, or your outfit will not cast properly. This weight assignment does not refer to pound test.
Lipless crankbait
Shad-shaped crankbait that has no visible diving lip. The line attaches to the top of the lure. Example; Rat-L-Trap.
Lipping
landing a bass by grasping its lower lip between the thumb and fingers and pulling it from the water
Lit up
Pelagic fish such as the marlins, sailfish and wahoo have a tendency to "light up" with neon, powder blue colors when excited or hooked.
Live bottom
Rocky bottom, sometimes very flat, where sponges and corals can find something solid to grow on. This attracts various bottom fish, such as grouper.
Livewell
container used to maintain bass or other baitfish or game fish alive, usually by use of an aeration system
Lizard
Soft plastic lures similar to a salamder. Used for Carolina Rigs, and fishing shallow water in the spring.
Locators
Common nickname for depthfinders since they will often display images of fish as they pass over them.
Locking through
the process of passing through navigation locks and dams on a body of water
Logs
Big Barracuda.
Longfins
Albacore.
Longliner
As seen in the movie, The Perfect Storm, longliners are commercial fishing boats with a huge spool of heavy monofilament line on their back deck, up to 40 miles long. Used mostly for targeting tuna and swordfish.
Loop
Reference to the "U shape" in a fly line as it unrolls at the end of the cast. A narrow "U shape" is referred to as a "tight loop, while a fat "U shape" is referred to as an open loop.
Loop knot
any of several different knots tied with a fixed loop; these knots are often used in lieu of split rings or snaps to give lures more freedom of movement
Lunker
Big or large-size bass. Also known as Hawg or monster.
Lunker Lure
Original designer of the buzzbait. Many anglers still refer to all buzzbaits as "Lunker Lures."
Lure retrievers
Heavy devices designed to knock loose or retrieve snagged fishing lures.