Keyword: Fishing

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

(1955 – ) comedian, actor & writer

Anglers think they are divining some primeval natural force by outwitting a fish, a creature that never even got out of the evolutionary starting gate.

(1954 – ) American comedian, writer & musician

Whenever two fishing lines are contiguous, they will become continuous.

On fishing shows they always throw the fish back; they don’t want to eat them, they just want to make them late for something.

(1968 – 2005) American stand-up comedian

If you're too busy to go fishin', you're too busy.

(1908 – 2003) American actor & dancer

If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.

(1918 – 1990) football coach

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

(1902 – 1968) novelist

Hook: Irritating but highly reliable device used to quickly locate the position of one’s thumb at the bottom of a tackle box.

I would like to go fishing and catch a fishstick… that would be convenient.

(1968 – 2005) American stand-up comedian

Advice to anglers: don't take advice from people with missing fingers.

(1945 – ) American humorist (co-founder of National Lampoon)

Sinker: Lead weight attached to the end of a length of fishing line to facilitate the speedy disposal of unwanted lures.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish… and feed yourself. He’s a grown man. And fishing’s not that hard.

(1970 – ) American actor, writer & carpenter

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

(1947 – ) American columnist & humorist

There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in presidents; those are prayer and fishing.

(1929 – 1933) 31st U.S. president, humanitarian

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

(1926 – ) newspaper columnist

Fishing: A venerable contest in which modern man pits his intelligence and technology against the native wit of primitive aquatic vertebrates, and generally finishes second.

Exaggeration: Formal term for a collection of fishermen (i.e. an exaggeration of anglers).

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.

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


I look forward to the day when we can just talk about the ethics of angling without this red herring of whether they can feel pain.

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