Beginners guide to fishing terminology

A friend of mine has suggested that it would be a help to put together a beginners guide to carp fishing terminology.  As a help to newcomers to the sport and I will also be doing beginner’s guide to other parts of carp fishing e.g. rigs, marker setups, Spod etc.

I hope this will help all you budding carp anglers when you pick up a magazine to understand what you are being told.

Chod – Is the term used to describe the stuff on the bottom of the lake bed (decaying leaf matter) hence the rig was born from this to counteract this problem.

Wraps – The number of times you wrap the line around your marker sticks, to determine the distance you a fishing our from the bank.

Fizzing – This is when you get a huge patch of tiny bubbles coming up over a large area.  This is where the fishing is digging on the bottom and creating a fizzing on the surface of the lake.

Bubbles – This is when you get bubbles popping up to the surface and then moving off, as the fish is feeding on the bottom.

Particles – The terminology used for cooked beans, peas, pulses, seed etc.

Loaded up – you have loaded up the line on your reels, you also load up the rod, when casting.  This is the point where your rods are at the best point to cast out.

Hope This Helps



About richardhandel

I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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4 Responses to Beginners guide to fishing terminology

  1. Clive Bassett says:

    Hi Richard, very helpful to know what some of these terms mean. Finally got my deeper working, I had to get a new smart phone with the rest of Mary’s money as I thought the screen and tripod came with it. instant success! A personal best carp for me of 24lb 9oz. I was chuffed, one of the locals witnessed it and said it was a “mug fish from a noddy water” what does that mean? I must admit some if this lingo is beyond me!
    Regards Clive b


    • Hi Clive it basically means they are jeloures of your capture, no fish are mug fish ( easy to catch) well done it’s your personal best and that’s an achievement, very well done and ignore the other anglers. Richard


  2. Andy little says:

    Hi Clive well done on the fish. That’s Not entirely true Richard, I used to fish a small syndicate just outside mucklebrough on the A26 there was a 18lb common in the big lake that was caught 9 times in one week, and I even caught it twice in one day. It got given the name “jumping joe” as within minutes after it’s release it would be crashing out over the same bed of bait it was caught from. That fish topped out at 29lb in 1993 and was the worst “mug” fish I’ve ever come across.
    Cheers Andy


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