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71 Best Fishing Quotes: Clever and Funny Puns (2023)

1. “Poets talk about “spots of time”, but it is really the fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone.” – Norman Mclean


2. “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


3. “‘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


4. “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.” – Henry David Thoreau


5. “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


6. “The fishing is a great relief for me. When I’m out there’s no cell phone ringing. I’m out there fishing with bears. I’m in the middle of God’s country catching tons of fish. I just absolutely love it.” – Rick Barry


7. “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.


8. “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.


9. “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


10. “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.


11. “Fishing is a hard job and a good job, it’s a rich man’s job and a poor man’s job, it’s a happy job and a sad job, it’s a lot of things. But most of all it’s a rewarding job.” – Tom Brokaw


12. Father and son fishing is something special. It’s a time when you teach your kids to fish as you did, it is a time of teaching your children the value of patience, hard work and good luck.


13. “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 Gierarch


14. “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. ” – Unknown


15. Father and son fishing is a great way to spend time together. Whether it’s catching fish or just enjoying the outdoors, father and son fishing is a great family bonding experience.


16. Life is like a fish. When you pull it out of the water, it’s slippery. But when you cook it, it’s flaky and crispy, but most importantly… it tastes good!


17. “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


18. “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


19. “All Americans believe that they are born fishermen. For a man to admit a distaste for fishing would be like denouncing mother-love or hating moonlight.” – John Steinbeck


20. “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.


21. “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


22. “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.


23. “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.


24. “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.


25. “In the best stories about fly fishing … big fish are caught or lost; people say wild and spontaneous words; event becomes memory and sometimes, in the hands of a master, bleeds into art. ” – Nick Lyons


26. “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


27. “All Americans believe that they are born fishermen. For a man to admit a distaste for fishing would be like denouncing mother-love or hating moonlight.”


28. “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


29. “I do fish. I think there is a connection between thinking and fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.” – Anthony Doerr


30. “Fishing is the art of being completely alone in the universe, and in the universe that is created by the mind and the imagination.” – Henry Beetle Hough


31. “Grant me the Serenity to accept the size of the fish I catch, the Courage not to lie about it, and the Wisdom to know that none of my fishing buddies would believe me anyway.” – Fisherman’s Prayer


32. “Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life.” – Carl Safina


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


34. “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


35. Catch a fish. Have some laughs. Give your kid a lifetime of memories. Pack up the car, grab your pole and hit the road for a day full of Big Fish action!


36. “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.


37. “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


38. “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


39. “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


40. “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.


41. “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


42. “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


43. When you catch a trout, do you make the biggest smile? No, that would be the fish. But when you catch a trout, do you turn it into a meme? Yes.


44. “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


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


46. “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


47. “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


48. “Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” – Herbert Hoover.“When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.” – Mark Twain“Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God.” – Tony Blake.“Sharing the fun of fishing turns strangers into friends in a few hours.” – Eugenie Clark.“Great fish do not swim in shallow waters.” – Matshona Dhliwayo.“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” – Doug LarsonYou had me at fishing.Keep calm and fish on.Fishing is the sport of drowning worms.Life is better fishing. If you love fishing…. let’s be friends.I am addicted to fishing.Happiness is a big fish (and a witness).Let’s go find some fish.Fishing is a way of life.May the fish be with you!Holy carp!Gone fishin’, be back at dark-thirty!I spent most of my money on fishing. The rest I wasted. Reel girls fish.


49. “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.”


50. “Ice fishing can be lonely, quiet enterprise. It’s just you and your thoughts floating on the frozen water. But hey, all you have to do is drop a line. And something bites. That’s exciting.” – Unknown


51. “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.


52. “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


53. “Fishing is a sport, and a noble one at that. It’s one of the few sports that can be shared by a father and son, grandfather and grandson, or by friends of all ages.” – Jim Arnosky


54. “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.” – Henry David Thoreau


55. If you’re not a great fisherman, don’t let that stop you from trying. When you can’t get the lure in, just remember there’s always a larger fish on the line.


56. “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.


57. “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.


58. “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


59. “I fish not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant – and not nearly so much fun.” – John Volker


60. “Fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water.” – Herbert Hoover


61. “The best thing about ice fishing is that it’s just you, the fish, and the great outdoors. It’s a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”


62. “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


63. If your concentration is getting bad, take up bass fishing. It will really improve your ability to focus. If you aren’t ready when that fish hits, you can’t set the hook.


64. “Fishing is not just about catching fish, it’s about the journey and the memories that last a lifetime.” – Unknown”Fishing is a lot like life. Sometimes, you just need to let it be and let it happen.” – Unknown


65. “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


66. “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


67. “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


68. “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.


69. When you catch a fish, you don’t want to throw it back into the water. You want to keep it around so you can show it off to your friends. #CatchandRelease


70. “In every species of fish…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


71. “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.


72. Having a fishing rod in your hand is merely an excuse to explore out-of-sight depths and reveal mysteries that previously only existed in dreams.

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