Loc: flyover country
a gauge of the quality and elegance of an argument - usually the lead post in a thread - in engaging another poster - expressed as if one were rating an angler going after a particular species.
I think it is that concept - that a discussion or debate involves a lure (or perhaps bait) and getting hooked (or snared, perhaps) that some might find less than straightforward; most of us would rather be the fisher than the fished - even better, to converse without checking for lures.
Not to say that's what happens regularly around here. I just find it a poor metaphor for a good conversation. But that's just me.
(Never having been in formal debate, I am perhaps unaware of how appropriate this approach might be to such an environment - hence my "pussy-footing" around.)