1) a short weighted plank with fish lures, controlled from shore and tending to shear outwards when pulled through the water
2) paternoster rig (a fishing rig where the hooklength branches from the mainline. Various styles exist and may have rigid wire branches with several hooklengths. St. Peter is supposed to have used a paternoster ("our father") rig to catch fish, hence the name)
3) the barb of a hook, in reference to those used by poachers since the barb was as apt at catching fish as otters
4) a piece of wood or metal attached to a fishing line and manipulated to disengage the hook if it becomes entangled under water

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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