Awesome Fishing Quotes

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

-Steven Wright

The good lord made the nighttime for two things, and fishing ain't one of them. -Jimmy Houston


"Time is probably more generous to an angler than to any other individual.  The wind, the sun, the open air, the colors and the smells, the loneliness of the sea or the solitude of the stream, work some kind of magic”. – Zane Grey


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

-Henry David Thoreau

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

"The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which is coming; thus it is with time."
Leonardo Da Vinci


“Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life. It’s time enough to realize that every generalization stands opposed by a mosaic of exceptions, and that the biggest truths are few indeed.”
- Carl Safina

"Carpe Diem" does not mean "fish of the day."

Fishing is hours of sheer boredom punctuated by a few seconds of utter chaos - Ken Addington

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

-Doug Larson

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

“The act of fishing – for fish, dreams or whatever magic is available – is enough. It transports us to a special world, and a state of mind, where we are free.”
-Fennel Hudson

I've managed to convince my wife that somewhere in the Bible it says, 'Man cannot have too many shotguns and fishing poles.'

-Norman Schwarzkopf

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

The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn’t someone else’s gift to you?”

-Lee Wulff


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

"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


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


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


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

"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

“The secret to fishing after dark is that there is no secret.  It’s exactly like fishing during the day; only it’s dark.”

 – Jeff Van Remortel

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

-Doug Larson


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, 1965

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


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

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

Izaak Walton


...of all the liars among mankind, the fisherman is the most trustworthy.  ~William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954


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


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, about modern fishing, A River Never Sleeps, 1946


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


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

“The true angler can welcome even a low river and a dry year, and learn from it, and be the better for it, in mind and in spirit.”
- G.M.W. Wemyss

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


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


“Anyone can be a fisherman in May.” 
― Ernest Hemingway


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


“I don’t know how I caught that fish. I guess he just decided to give up.” ~ David Walker


“I’m gonna follow KVD around tomorrow, and every time he culls I’m gonna throw that shaky-head in there.” ~ Marty Robinson

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

"Fishing is a discipline in the equality of men--for all men are equal before fish."

Herbert Hoover


“The biggest fish I had in that bag was smaller than the swimbait Steve Kennedy is throwing.” ~ Mike Iaconelli


“Clear water and no wind scare the hell out of me.” ~ Jason Christie


“If anybody wants to write a story on how to catch one fish and spend about $9,000, then I’m the man to talk to.” ~ Gerald Swindle

“After he has studied it for a lifetime it is not less mysterious but more so, more strange and so more alluring.” - Odell Shepard


Should have been here yesterday.


When I said the fish were in the trees, I meant the part of the tree in the water.


"Not the first time I've scared a big girl off the bed with my 10 inch worm".


"I don't always set the hook into a stump, but when I do I fight it like its a fish for 15 seconds."


"Hook-sets are free!!"

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


Fisherman's Prayer:

I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.

“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

“Over the decades of my wage-earning work as a journalist, I would, in times of particular drudgery, I’d push away from my desk and confide to my coworkers that I was on the brink of abandoning not only my job but my home, community, and my entire life’s routine.  Asked what I would do and where I would go I would say with considerable conviction that I would start over on some island in the Caribbean set at the center of the finest fishing waters on the planet.  ‘I will,’ I told my listeners, ‘spend my days in a small boat afloat on a crystal sea where fish flash bright greetings under a tropic sun.’

‘Yes that sounds fine,’ those skeptics would reply, ‘but how long do you think you can do that before you get bored?’  And my answer was always the same.  ‘I’ll try it for twenty-five years, and then take a second look.” -John Cole