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berley

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noun ber·ley \ ˈbər-lē \

Definition of berley

plural -s
Australia
:bait that is scattered on water in order to attract fish :ground bait
  • They vary a little, but the best ordinary berley is made out of bran, pollard, flour, salt or fresh herrings or tinned fish and bread crumbs.
  • —Charles ThackeryThe Amateur Fisherman's Guide1895
  • Try mixing a very stiff berley of soaked pellets and bread or crusts …
  • —Greg Irving, The Advertiser (Australia)24 Dec. 1993
  • Another favorite fishing technique was to stand in the lee of a point with a spear poised over the still water, spitting chewed-up mussels into the water as berley.
  • —Tim Fridtjof FlanneryThe Birth of Sydney2000

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Origin and Etymology of berley

origin unknown


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berley

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verb, transitive + intransitive ber·ley \ ˈbər-lē \

Definition of berley

berleyed; berleying; berleys
Australia
:to use berley to attract fish
  • Mr Hepburn … said berleying encouraged sharks in canals and may make them “more comfortable” around boats and swimmers.
  • —Paul Weston, Sunday Mail (Queensland, Australia)29 May 2005
  • He said the penalty for unlawful berleying using animal or bird products would depend on the circumstances.
  • —Clare Peddie, The Advertiser (Australia)10 Nov. 2010
  • Jetty fish are usually berleyed too heavily during holiday periods, filling them up and putting them off the bite.
  • —Greg Irving, The Advertiser (Australia)24 Dec. 1993

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First Known Use of berley

1874


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