Karl Seckinger

Karl "Trout Whisperer" Seckinger is an outdoor enthusiast and resides in northeastern Minnesota.

Fishing Bites - Or Why We Eat Spaghetti

Posted by: Karl Seckinger under Fishing Updated: May 8, 2009 - 10:27 AM
Some folks learn to fish by reading magazines, watching videos or actually going fishing. Other folks take fancy exotic fishing vacations, hire a guide with a thick fluent accent, sip wine and dine on extravagant pasta.  They learn the fishing lingo, one mouthful at a time, so to speak.
 
I need to go over some very common fishing terms. The first subject is the word bite. Like, “hey you got a bite”. The word (bite) means, to grip with teeth. This is the part in fishing where your enthusiasm can sink its teeth into something.  Hopefully,  a  fish into your bait for a bite. Bite has been around as long as linguine. Bite, by the way, is an old world fishing term.
 
The next term is nibble. Like “Charlie, you got a bite yet?”  “No, but I have had a couple nibbles.”  Most people, old, new, import or export  never  say they have not had any bites.  It just makes for poor fishing so we politely respond with nibbles.
 
I should point out, that this is an all too common response. Now nibble, is defined as several small quick bites. The word Nibble is a newer more recent angling term, and has only been around since the invention of boxed macaroni and cheese that coincides incidentally with the soft bait fishing era.
 
In fishing vocabulary if someone asks, “Did you get a bite”, and you haven’t had lots of bites you don’t say, “No, I got no bite”. You answer “no, no bites yet”, “but I have had a couple nibbles”, this is a positive affirmation that while you have not had a bite, or you’ve been bitten, your anticipating a nibble.  Any fisherman worth their weight in live bait knows this as a gospel truth in fishing. Defining truth, and fishing in the same paragraph is bad fishing karma, so I’m going to stick to bite and nibbles.
 
The final fishing term with respect to nibbles or bites comes from eating, biting, nibbling and so on, etc, etc.   Now we know the Italians love there noodles. What we did not know until recently was that these great noodle cooking aficionados also understood perfect fishing terms like, “al dente”.  The term comes from the Italians and means to the tooth, still offering resistance to the bite or to the bite.  In this new , global  fishing economy, it’s nice to have the latest verbal technology when fishing.
 
Okay, from this day forward when your fishing, we could hear, “hey, Charlie you had any bites?”  Charlie, don’t have to say, “naw, just some nibbles”, and sorta stretch the truth if he really was not getting any bites. Now if you’re not getting any bites, or nibbles, you can just say, “Fred  pass me another “al dente” crawler.”  Ergo, Fred knows you are trying to get bites or nibbles but it’s now the fishes fault for “still offering resistance to the bite” or as we now know, “al dente”.
 
Fred you had a bite yet? Charlie you had any nibbles yet? You guys think it’s all that “al dente” ?

Hey, let’s go to my house, for some reason, I’m feeling like Spaghetti for dinner.

The Trout Whisperer
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