Australian Fishing Slang

Australian Fishing Slang. Often people coming to Australia are confused by Australian Fishing Slang and our Australian slang words in general, and have a very hard time understanding exactly what we Aussies are talking about.

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It does not seem to matter what English speaking country they come from, whether it's America, Canada, England, Ireland, South Africa or another country that speaks English.

In fact the people hit worst by our slang terms are folks from non English speaking countries.

Queenfish

Ricks Queenfish Taken at Exmouth. Here in "OZ" it is sometimes called a Queenie or Skinny an example of our slang terms.

This page is all about helping overseas people understand our strange (to them) way of talking and it starts off with Australia fishing slang because this site is about fishing and goes on to tell you about the more general slang terms in use by Australians.

Here's an example of some Aussie slang that may confuse folks.

She's a beauty, that's a beaut, refers to a very good looking something, girl, fish, car.
   Mate, means friend.
  Cobber, means the same as mate.
  Sheila, a girl, a woman or a weak man.

And there are plenty of descriptive phases that confuse over seas visitors as well where we say a word and in America the same word means something entirely different.

Fishing Slang Australia

  • blackie
  • - Luderick
  • blade
  • - Skinny profile, vibrating metal blade lure mostly used for bream and other smaller estuary fish
  • blurter
  • - Trevally, GT, Golden Trevalley
  • bommie
  • - an isolated pinnacle of reef that rises from the bottom often to just beneath the surface
  • bonnie
  • - Oft used for the Australian Bonito
  • Bung
  • - usually the rubber plug under the transom on a boat, but can mean live baits like yellowtail
  • chopper/choppies
  • - small Tailor
  • croc
  • - In fishing terms refers to a very large flathead over say, 4 lbs. Not the crocodile
  • frog
  •   - means flathead, not a common term.
  • eggbeater
  • - spinning reel, usually a small reel.
  • EP
  • Estuary Perch

    Red Emporer

    Red Emporer are called Reddie's or Empo here in Aust.

    • EP
    • Estuary Perch
    • flouro
    • - monofilament fishing line made from fluorocarbo
    • flowerpot
    •   - Normally refers to the Red Rock Cod
    • croc
    • In fishing terms refers to a very large flathead over say, 4 lbs. Not the crocodile
    • GT
    • - Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally
    • hard body
    •   - molded or carved casting lures usually made from plastic or wood materials.
    • hoodlum
    • - large kingfish, there's no precise size but usually reserved for fish over say 10-15kg
    • horsie
    • - Slimy Mackerel
    • inker
    • - Squid
    • jack
    • - Mangrove Jack

    • jacket
    • - Leatherjacket
    • Kingie
    • - Yellowtail Kingfish
    • lizard
    • - large Flathead
    • mack or Mac
    • - Spanish mackerel
    • metal
    • - short term for metal spinning lures, like chrome slices
    • Muddy
    • - mud crab 
    • noah's ark
    • - slang for SHARK
    • PE
    • - alternative name for braided line
    • pig
    • - Rock Blackfish

    • pinkie
    • - Smallish Pink Snapper.

    • Slimy
    • - Slimy Mackerel

      Even more Aussie Fishing Slang

    • placcy
    • - shnedort term for soft plastic lures
    • poddies
    • - poddy mullet very small mullet normally used as live or dead bait
    • popper
    • - a hard bodied lure that is skipped across the surface by troll or cast and retrieve.
    • queenie
    • - Queenfish
    • Skinny
    • - Queenfish
    • rat
    • - small kingfish around or under legal size
    • red
    • - snapper
    • Rubber
    • - Soft Plastic Lure
    • sambo
    • - Australian Salmon or sometimes, Samson Fish

    • SP
    • - soft plastic lure
    • spot X
    • - a common name for any fishing spot someone wants to keep secret.
    • Stick Bait
    • - Long thin soft plastic style lure
    • stripey
    • - Striped Tuna
    • SWFF
    • - Salt water fly fishing
    • Trev
    • - Trevally
    • vibe
    • - a hard-bodied, fish-shaped, bibless lure with a vibrating action, most often used for bream and estuary fish
    • Wand
    • - Fly Rod
    • yakka
    • - Yellowtail Scad a commonly used small baitfish

      Spanish Mackeral caught with Exmouth Billfish Charters

      Spanish Mackeral caught at Exmouth

      General Aussie Slang.

       
    • She's a beauty, that's a beaut,
    • - refers to a very good looking something, girl, fish, car.  
    • Mate,
    • - means friend. 
    • Cobber
    • - means the same as mate. 
    • Sheila
    • - a girl, a woman or a weak man.
    • Bloke.
    • - A man, any human male 
    • Fair dinkum
    •   - true, genuine. chuffed, 
    • Bloody! as in bloody hell!
    • - Exclamation of surprise.
    • Crickey moses
    • - is Wonder at what is being seen or experienced.
    • Back of Bourke
    •   - means, a very long way away. 
    • Bonzer or ripper
    •   - is very pleasing, wonderful, magnificent, great.  
    • G'Day
    •   - hello, good day, how are you.

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      Even more General Aussie Slang

    • Chunder
    •   - vomit, throw up
    • That's Ace or Ace
    •   - means Excellent! Very good, spot on, right on
    • Aerial pingpong
    •   - Australian Rules football. Best game in the World.
    • Amber fluid,
    •  -  is beer, grog, piss.
    • Ambo
    •   - ambulance driver
    • Ankle biter
    •   -  small child not yet up to knee height.
    • It's Apples or she'll be Apples,
    •   - It'll be all right, it's OK.
    • Arvo.
    •   - means in the afternoon
    • Aussie, Ozzie Ocker
    •   - Australian person
    • Aussie salute
    •   -  brushing away flies with the hand
    • Avos
    •  - avocados

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