Honey hole

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A honey hole (or honeyhole) is slang for a location that yields a valued commodity or resource. A local landmark or road near a honey hole may have "Honey Hole" in its name[1] or as a nickname for a muddy spot.[2]


In fishing, a honey hole could be a particular spot in a body of water (or used as a general term for the entire body of water)[3] where conditions are ideal for catching fish.[4] Such a spot could be the leading edge of a hump, a depression, or a bend in the channel.[5]


In deer hunting, a honey hole is a place where the buck will be safe from the hunter and where the hunter rarely thinks of looking for a buck;[6] such a place could be an "acorn tree surrounded by a briar thicket or a tree on the edge of a patch of cane near a river or creek bank".[7]

Popular culture[edit]

  • American Pickers, a documentary reality television series where the stars often refer to some "picks" as honey holes because of the amount of amazing objects they contain.[8]


  1. ^ See Nescopeck State Park in Pennsylvania, USA and Todmorden Unitarian Church in West Yorkshire, England
  2. ^ John Eric Bruce Gover, Allen Mawer, Frank Merry Stenton, Survey of English Place-Names: The Place-Names of Nottinghamshire, Volume 17, English Place-Name Society, Cambridge University Press, 1940, p.299 (retrieved 29 August 2010 from Google Books)
  3. ^ Is the legislature for sale?, Texas Monthly, Vol. 19, No. 2, Feb 1991, p.121 (retrieved 29 August 2010 from Google Books)
  4. ^ Bignami, Louis V., Complete Anglers Library: Stories Behind Record Fish, North American Fishing Club, 1991, p.140 ISBN 978-0-914697-41-1 (retrieved 29 August 2010 from Google Books)
  5. ^ Summerlin, Vernon, Two Dozen Fishin' Holes: A Guide to Middle Tennessee, Rutledge Hill Press, 1992, p.135, ISBN 978-1-55853-148-2 (retrieved 29 August 2010 from Google Books)
  6. ^ Phillips, John E., Science of Deer Hunting, Larsen's Outdoor Publishing, 1992, p.20, ISBN 978-0-936513-22-5 (retrieved 29 August 2010 from Google Books)
  7. ^ Phillips, p.95
  8. ^ Picker Lingo, video on history.com (retrieved 29 August 2010)