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vb. (present participle of gig English)


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  1. n. long and light rowing boat; especially for racing

  2. an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish [syn: spear, fizgig, fishgig, lance]

  3. a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting

  4. tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain

  5. small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood

  6. a booking for musicians; "they played a gig in New Jersey"

  7. [also: gigging, gigged]


Gigging is the practice of hunting fish or small game with a gig or similar multi-pronged spear. Commonly harvested wildlife include freshwater suckers, saltwater flounder, and small game, such as frogs. A gig can refer to any long pole which has been tipped with a multi-pronged spear. The gig pole ranges in length from 8 to 14 feet for fish gigs and 5 to 8 feet for frog gigs. A gig typically has three or four barbed tines similar to a trident; however gigs can be made with any number of tines. In the past people would attach illuminated pine knots to the end of gigs at night to give them light.

Usage examples of "gigging".

Girls I was playing in Kentucky in 1955 when a promoter told me about a vocalist named Mary Ann Fisher who was gigging around Louisville and Fort Knox.

During a flounder gigging trip on a moonless night, he had tried to use the harpoon to gig the flounder exposed in the soft mud flats and sandbars by the light of a lantern on a johnboat.

We would let the boat drift over shallow water and take turns gigging flounder that had buried themselves in sand to await prey passing overhead.