dollie, noun

Forms:
Also dolley, dolly.
Origin:
Etymology unknown.
A fishing lure, used usually for catching snoek.
1930 C.L. Biden Sea-Angling Fishes 136A few strands of strong flexible wire, 2 or 3 feet long, connect the line by a swivel to a cigar-shaped lead, to which is attached a barbless steel hook of 10/0 size. Three or four thin strips of shark leather (shark skin) or ribbon are tied to the shank, thus completing the lure or ‘dolly’ as the fishermen term it.
1934 Cape Argus 19 May (Swart)This ‘dollie’ or ‘bokspan’ is fixed on to a short length of flexible copper wire, the end of which is attached to a stout line.
1957 S. Schoeman Strike! 117Professional fishermen catch thousands [of snoek] on ‘dollies’, which are cigar-shaped pieces of lead..with a large barbless hook attached. A few thin strips of shark skin or pork rind or even a piece of red rag or silver paper is tied to the shank of the hook.
1979 E. Prov. Herald 15 Nov. 23One of them, whose skiboat we were fishing from, put down a chokka dolley. He did not get any chokka but he had a tremendous take on the dolley.
A fishing lure, used usually for catching snoek.

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