Fishing Sayings, Quotes and Slogans

The best fishing sayings of all time:

Some men would rather be photographed with their fish than with their wives.

Gwen Cooper and Evelyn Haas

Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.
~Mark Twain

There are more fish taken out of a stream than ever were in it.
~Oliver Herford

The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.
~A.K. Best

Today she met me at the door, said I would have to choose, if I picked up that fishing rod today, she’d be packing all her things and she’d be gone by noon….well I’m gonna miss her when I get home tonight.
Brad Paisly

My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.
~Koos Brandt

The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing. 
~Babylonian Proverb

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with a fisherman?
Woody Allen

Trout fishing. One must be a stickler for proper form. Use nothing but #4 blasting caps, or a hand grenade, if handy, or at a pool well-lined with stone, one blast from a .44 magnum will bring a few stunned brookies quietly to the surface.
Edward Abbey

Big fish swim at the bottom.
~ Old Chinese saying

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
~ John Buchan

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
~Doug Larson

I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent.

~Nick Lyons

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.
Don Marquis

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.

Herbert Hoover

All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.
~Harold F. Blaisdell

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.
~Washington Irving

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
~Ernest Hemingway

Fishing tournaments seem a little like playing tennis with living balls…
~Jim Harrison

To paraphrase a deceased patriot, I regret that I have only one life to give to my fly-fishing.
~Robert Traver

Work: a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing.
~Ambrose Bierce

In Mexico we have a word for sushi: Bait.
~Jose Simon

If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.
~Alfred W. Miller

Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.
Ted Hughes

Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.
Edgar Watson Howe

Fishing, with me, has always been an excuse to drink in the daytime.
Jimmy Cannon

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
~Henry David Thoreau

I once gave up fishing. It was the most terrifying weekend of my life.

All fishermen are liars; it’s an occupational disease with them like housemaid’s knee or editor’s ulcers.
~Beatrice Cook

The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.
~Patrick F. McManus

We ask a simple question
And that is all we wish:
Are fishermen all liars?
Or do only liars fish?
~William Sherwood Fox

Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting.
~Dave Barry

If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
Tom Brokaw

I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there.
~Robert Altman

One can think of life after the fish is in the canoe.
~ Hawaian saying

You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don’t want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something.
Mitch Hedberg

Before one feels elated and makes plans, he should first secure his “fish.”
~Hawaian fishing saying

There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
~Steven Wright

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
~John Buchan

Fishing is a… discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish
~Herbert Hoover

Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.
~Paul Schullery

Of all the liars among mankind, the fisherman is the most trustworthy.
~William Sherwood Fox

Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn
~Chuck Clark fishing saying

This planet is covered with sordid men who demand that he who spends time fishing shall show returns in fish.
~Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.

Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish, and he’ll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years.
~Charles Haas

There’s no taking trout with dry breeches.
~Miguel de Cervantes

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.
~Patrick F. McManus

Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish.
~Roderick Haig-Brown

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
~Herbert Hoover

If you’ve got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly.
~Jack Ohman

My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.
~Koos Brandt

Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary.
~Patrick F. McManus

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.
~Zenna Schaffer fishing saying

It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
~John Steinbeck

May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.
~Irish Blessing

A fishing pole is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool on the other.
~Samuel Johnson

Fishing Sayings and Quotes by Unknown Authors

I don’t know who first said these fishing sayins and quotes, but I like them so I thought I would share them with you.

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.
~ Unknown

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.
~ Unknown

All fishermen are liars except for you and me, and to tell you the truth, I’m not sure about you.

It takes a man who is a thinker. To catch the big one, hook, line and sinker!

The trouble with fishing is it was better before you got there, and after you left.

Even if you’ve been fishing for three hours and haven’t gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you’re still better off than the worm.
~ Unknown

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.
~ Unknown

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
~ Unknown

A ship-load of fish gets spoiled, because of 1 spoiled fish.

Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.
~ Unknown

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
~ Unknown

An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting around on the muddy banks of rivers doing nothing because his wife won’t let him do it at home.
~ Unknown

A woman who has never seen her husband fishing, doesn’t know what a patient man she married !

The fishing is always better on the other side of the lake.

A fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other.

Fishing Slogans

A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office !

Early to bed…early to rise…fish all day…make up lies.

Will fish for food

The solution to most problems is to first go fishing

Ya, I’m a hooker, a fish hooker

Get hooked, on fishing

Fishin impossible

Fishermen never die, they just get reel tired.

I do what the voices in my tackle box tell me

It’s not how deep you fish it’s how you wiggle your worm

If wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets

Gone fishin’, be back at dark-thirty!

Shut Up and Fish!

Wishin I was fishin

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