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Fishing Definitions

Here are some definitions of keywords you will commonly see in Dave Stewart's fishing report.

Primary or Main Point

This is a point that is associated with the junction of two major bodies of water.  If you were on the main lake traveling into Sugar Bay, the points on your left and right where the bay and main lake come together are primary points.

Secondary Point

Points that are in a creek, bay or on the main lake that are not associated with the junction of two major bodies of water.  Besides primary or main points, all other points on the main lake and in the bays are secondary points.  Many times I refer to secondary creek channel points in my reports.  These are secondary points that are closely associated with a creek channel.


A flat is just as it sounds.  This is an area of shallow water that has no defined drop into deeper water.  The water depth is uniform or gets deeper very gradually.  Flats can be found at the backs of all the bays, in coves within the bays and on the main lake where the flat land adjacent to the river was covered up by water when the rivers were backed up by damming.

Pea gravel

Pea gravel is a type of small rock (pebble-sized gravel).  It can be found in many areas on Kentucky Lake and a few areas on Lake Barkley.  Chunk rock, which much bigger, is about the size of a bowling ball or so.


Synonymous with "drop."  See my article for details.

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Fishing 101 Credits:

Written by Dave Stewart, Bass Buster Guide Service
Edited by Shawn Dunnaway
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