Fishing Quotes and Sayings

Fishing quotes roll off the tongues of experienced anglers. Why? We have plenty of time to think about them. Someone once said that distaste for fishing is nothing less than hating the moonlight or denouncing a mother’s love.

There is nothing like fishing in this world. It is an art for some, a sport for others, but it’s something indefinable for many. It’s an enigma to many and something that makes them feel closer to themselves.

There are very few things in life that allow you to unwind from the pressures of life like fishing. The time you spend fishing, you will love every minute of it. Here are some beautiful and funny fishing quotes and sayings that will make you feel even more special about fishing.

Good Fishing Quotes

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

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

When they go fishing, it is not really fish they are after. It is a philosophic meditation.
E.T. Brown

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I don’t exaggerate – I just remember big.
Chi Chi Rodriguez

Funny Fishing Quotes

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.
George Carlin

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

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.

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

I only make movies to finance my fishing.
Lee Marvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fisherman Quotes

There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon.
Jack Nicklaus

In Montana, whether you’re a farmer, whether you’re a fisherman… you know that the climate is changing, and we need to do something about it.
Steve Bullock

…of all the liars among mankind, the fisherman is the most trustworthy.
William Sherwood Fox

You need a good gardener and a good fisherman. The cook is not required.
Alain Ducasse

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

Fly fishermen are born honest, but they get over it.
Ed Zern

Anyone can be a fisherman in May.
Ernest Hemingway

There are two types of fishermen – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.

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

The best way to a fisherman’s heart is through his fly.

Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip.
John Gierach

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Fishing Sayings

Look at where Jesus went to pick people. He didn’t go to colleges… he got guys off the fishing docks.
Jeff Foxworthy

Gone fishin’, be back at dark-thirty!

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

Fishing is a hard job. Fishing at night. Rain. Day, night… You have to be wise and smart. And quick.
Mariano Rivera

Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God.
Tony Blake

Anytime I can sneak in a moment to fish and ride horses, I’m a happy camper!
George Foreman

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

What a tourist terms a plague of insects, the fly fisher calls a great hatch.
Patrick F. McManus

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

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

Be patient and calm—for no one can catch fish in anger.
Herbert Hoover

To him, all good things—trout as well as eternal salvation—come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.
Norman Maclean

The best time to go fishing is when you can get away.
Robert Traver

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Quotes About Fishing

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

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.
Ted Hughes

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

There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.
Herbert Hoover

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

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
Izaak Walton

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

The act of fishing – for fish, dreams or whatever magic is available – is enough.
Fennel Hudson

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Fishing Quotes and Sayings

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
Izaak Walton

Good things come to those who bait.

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.

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

It is the goings-on between bites that excites the traditional angler as much as when the float goes under.
Fennel Hudson

It is not a fish until it is on the bank.
British Proverb

There’s always an opportunity to fish for something – even if it’s just for laughs or ideas.
Fennel Hudson

Castaway your troubles. Go fishings.

Early to bed,
Early to rise,
Fish all day,
Make up lies.

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

You cannot catch trout with dry breeches.
Spanish Proverb

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.

— Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.


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