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101 Fishing Quotes

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Fishing Quotes

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

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

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

4. “A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office!” Author Unknown.

5. “A woman, who has never seen her husband fishing, doesn’t know what a patient man she married!” Author Unknown.

6. “Early to bed…early to rise…fish all day…make up lies,” Author Unknown.

7. “Some people will just never understand us, fishing isn’t just a pass time or a sport, it’s a way of life. DON’T MESS WITH MY WAY OF LIFE!” Author Unknown.

8. “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of that which is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope,” Author Unknown.

9. “To fish or not to fish? That’s a dumb question,” Author Unknown.

10. “I spent most of my money on fishing. The rest I wasted,” Author Unknown.

11. “There is no limit to how many times you can go fishing,” Author Unknown.

12. “Life is like a game, but fishing is serious,” Author Unknown.

13. “Give a man a fish; he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will find bait in the fridge,” Author Unknown.

14. “Those who die with the most days fishing, wins,” Author Unknown.

15. “You say I`m a compulsive fishing freak like it’s a bad thing,” Author Unknown.

16. “There are two things in life you should never be late for, Number one is Church and Number two is fishing,” Author Unknown.

17. “I fish because I love to, not because I regard fishing as so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of man are equally unimportant; and not nearly so much fun,” Author Unknown.

18. “Tight lines, warm breezes, good friends, plenty of bait it doesn’t get any better,” Author Unknown.

19. “Work is for people who don’t know how to fish!” Author Unknown.

20. “Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut,” Author Unknown.

21. “There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish,” Author Unknown.

22. “Fishing is the sport of drowning worms,” Author Unknown.

23. “I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent,” Nick Lyons.

24. “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.

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

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

27. “Fishing is a discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish,” Author Unknown.

28. “Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish,” Steven Wright.

29. “Good things come to those who bait,” Author Unknown.

30. “‘Carpe Diem,’ does not mean ‘fish of the day,’” Author Unknown.

31. “Gone fishin’, be back at dark-thirty!” Author Unknown.

32. “Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught,” Author Unknown.

33. “Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths,” Author Unknown.

34. “Soon after I embraced the sport of angling I became convinced that I should never be able to enjoy it if I had to rely on the cooperation of the fish,” Sparse Grey Hackle.

35. The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line,” William Humphrey in “The Armchair Angler,” Author Unknown.

36. “I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water,” William Tapply.

37. “Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point,” Thomas McGuane.

38. “In every species of fish I’ve angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn’t, much of the thrill of angling would be gone,” Ray Bergman.

39. “It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year,” Theodore Gordon.

40. “There will be days when the fishing is better than one’s most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home,” Roderick Haig Brown.

41. “One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions,” John Ashley Cooper.

42. “The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be,” John Gierach.

43. “If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business,” Sparse Grey Hackle.

44. “Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it,” Harry Middleton.

45. “If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago,” Zane Grey.

46. “By the time I had turned thirty, I’d realized two important things. One, I had to fish. Two, I had to work for a living,” Mallory Burton.

47. “I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself,” Joseph Monniger.

48. “There is only one reason in the world to go fishing: to enjoy yourself. Anything that detracts from enjoying yourself is to be avoided,” Leigh Perkins.

49. “I only hope the fish will take half as much trouble for me as I’ve taken for them,” Rudyard Kipling.

50. “Carpe Diem” does not mean “fish of the day,” Author Unknown.

51. “Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job,” Paul Schullery.

52. “The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” A.K. Best.

53. “Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts,” Charles Waterman.

54. “Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip,” John Gierach.

55. “Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy,” Jimmy Carter.

56. “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 McManus.

57. “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger,” Herbert Hoover.

58. “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you. Particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish,” Mark Twain.

59. “The best time to go fishing is when you can get away,” Robert Traver.

60. “Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll go fishing,” Henry David Thoreau.

61. “If all politicians fished, instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world,” Will Rogers.

62. “Wanted: Good woman – Must be able to clean, cook, sew, dig worms and clean fish. Must have boat and motor. Please send picture of boat and motor,” Author Unknown.

63. “Some people will just never understand us, fishing isn’t just a pastime or a sport, it’s a way of life,” Author Unknown.

64. “I spent most of my money on fishing. The rest I wasted,” Author Unknown.

65. “There is no limit to how many times you can go fishing,” Author Unknown.

66. “Life is like a game, but fishing is serious,” Author Unknown.

67. “Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing?” Author Unknown.

68. “The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t,” Author Unknown.

69. “No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler,” Izaak Walton.

70. “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of something that is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope,” John Bucha.

71. “The fish is not so much your quarry as your partner,” Arnold Gingrich.

72. “The only thing bad about winning the pennant is that you have to manage the All-Star Game the next year. I’d rather go fishing for three years,” Whitey Herzog.

73. “I don’t want to sit at the head table anymore. I want to go fishing,” George Bush.

74. “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.

75. “I like to fish. Fishing is always a way of relaxing,” Tom Felton.

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

77. “It is to be observed that ‘angling’ is the name given to fishing by people who can’t fish,” Stephen Leacock.

78. “I only make movies to finance my fishing,” Lee Marvin.

79. “The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them,” John Gierach.

80. “Just as in cooking there’s no such thing as a little garlic, in fishing there’s no such thing as a little drag,” H.G. Tapply.

81. “I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret,” Roderick Haig Brown.

82. “There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process,” Paul O’Neil.

83. “Most fishermen swiftly learn that it’s a pretty good rule never to show a favorite spot to any fisherman you wouldn’t trust with your wife,” John Voelker.

84. “I am firmly convinced that the ideal combination leading to a happy life is to have the time to both fish and read,” Brian Murphy.

85. “The angling fever is a very real disease and can only be cured by the application of cold water and fresh, untainted air,” Theodore Gordon.

86. “That’s about as big as a fish that big gets,” Author Unknown.

87. “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant,” Scott Adams.

88. “So long, and thanks for all the fish,” Douglas Adams.

89. “Which fish dresses the best? A: A swordfish because it always looks sharp!” Johnny B. Laughing.

90. “A day without fishing is like a day without sunshine,” Author Unknown.

91. “Always think like a fish, no matter how weird it gets,” Author Unknown.

92. “A man and his boat do not need to be justified,” Author Unknown.

93. “Fish stories told here…. some true!” Author Unknown.

94. “Fisherman’s prayer: Lord, help me to catch fish so large, that even I, in the telling of it, never need to lie,” Author Unknown.

95. “Fishing is fun…catching is better,” Author Unknown.

96. “I don’t exaggerate…I just remember big!” Author Unknown.

97. “I got a fishing rod for my wife – good trade,” Author Unknown.

98. “I fish because the voice in my head tells me to,” Author Unknown.

99. “I’m a man of few words, “Let’s fish,” Author Unknown.

100. “The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” A.K. Best.

101. “Fishing is a discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish,” Herbert Hoover.

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