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- Angler's Heaven
- Another Fish Story
- Best Catch of the Day
- The "Big One" Got Away
- Born to Fish--Forced to Work
- The Cast, The Cadence, The Catch
- Casting 101
- Catch O' the Day
- Caught Our Limit
- Fish Come to Those Who Bait
- Fish for Dinner
- Fish More...Work Less
- Fish or Cut Bait
- Fish Tales
- Fish Tales Told Here
- Fish Tremble When They Here My Name
- Fisherman's Delight
- Fisherman's Ruler (1,2,3,4,7,10,15)
- Fishin' Fever
- Fishin' is My Mission
- Fishing Clothes
- Fishing Fun
- Fishing from Dawn to Dusk
- Fishing is Easy...Catching is Hard
- Fishing is My Life
- Fly Fishin'
- Get Reel
- Go Fish
- Gone Fishin'
- Gone Fishin' (Again)
- Gone Fishing...Be Back Someday
- Good Things Come to Those Who Bait
- Good Things Come to Those Who Wade
- Got Fish?
- Hook, Line and Sinker
- Hooked on Fishing
- I Caught a Fish...THIS BIG
- I Fish Just for the Halibut
- I Fish, Therefore I Lie!
- I Only Fish on Days That End in "Y"
- If the Hat is Missing, I've Gone Fishing
- It was This BIG
- Keep it Reel
- Let's Go Fishing
- Look What I Caught
- Look Who Caught the Big One
- The Lure's the Thing
- My Goal: Fish More...Work Less
- My Wish: To Catch a Fat Fish
- Nothing but Net
- The Old Man and the Sea
- On Golden Pond
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- Reel Tired
- A River Runs Through It
- Rod and Reel
- Something Fishy is Going on Here
- Something's Fishy
- There are Plenty of Fish in the Sea.
- Three Little Fishes
- This Takes Guts (cleaning fish)
- We're Goin' Fishin'
- When in Doubt, Exaggerate
- Wishin' Good Fishin'
- Wishin' I'd Gone Fishin'
- Wishin' We Were Fishin'
- Women Love Me, Fish Fear me
- You Catch-Em, You Clean-Em
- All I need to know about life, I learned from fishing.
- A bad fishing day is when you can't fish.
- Catch and release fishing is a lot like golf. You don't have to eat the ball to have a good time.
- Caution: there's something fishy about this guy.
- Early to bed, early to rise, fish all day and make up lies.
- 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.
- Everyone has a story about the one that got away.
- Fish are supposed to be brain food, and yet people eat it on Friday and then do the silliest things over the weekend.
- A fisherman and a normal person live here.
- Fishermen are born honest, but they get over it. (Ed Zern)
- Fishermen don't yield to the weather. (Jack MacKinnon)
- A fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other.
- A Fisherman's favorite line has a worm on the end of it.
- A fisherman lives here with the catch of his life.
- Fishing is a tough job, but I'm willing to tackle it.
- The fishing is always better on the other side of the lake.
- Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting. (Dave Barry)
- Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. (Herbert Hoover)
- A fishing line has a hook on one end and an optimist on the other.
- Fishing is such great fun, I have often felt, that it really ought to be done in bed. (John Voelker)
- Fishing: The art of casting, trolling, jigging or spinning while freezing, sweating, swatting or swearing.
- The fishing was good, it was the catching that was bad. (A. K. Best)
- Fly fishing is like sex, everyone thinks there is more than there is, and that everyone is getting more than their share. (Henry Kanemoto)
- Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up. (Arnold Gingrich)
- Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once. (Lee Wulff)
- Good things come to those who bait.
- I don't exaggerate...I just remember BIG!
- I mostly fish just for the halibut.
- I'm hooked on fishing.
- If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. (Doug Larson)
- Haven't had much luck fishing--but I did marry the catch of my life.
- Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. (Henry David Thoreau)
- 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)
- My rod and my reel, they comfort me. (St. Pete 12 lb. test)
- Never open a can of worms unless you plan on fishing.
- Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
- Notice: This is the home of a serious fisherman. Chances are it will not be occupied during fishing season.
- An old fisherman lives here...with the catch of his life.
- Often I have been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar-scarred, sunburned, mosquito bitten, but never, with a fly rod in my hand have I been less than in a place that was less than beautiful. (Charles Kuralt)
- Old Fishermen never die, they just smell that way.
- Reel fishermen can tackle anything!
- Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration. (Izaac Walton)
- 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 F. McManus)
- A smart wife is one who has pork chops ready when her husband comes home from a fishing trip.
- Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God. (Tony Blake)
- 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)
- There are two types of fisherman--those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.
- There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind. (Washington Irving)
- There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot! (Steven Wright)
- 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)
- When I'm tired and can't sleep, I count fish instead of sheep.
- Whoever said 'A bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work', never had their boat sink.
- Work is for people who don't know how to fish.
God give me strength to catch a fish,
So big that even I,
When telling of it afterward,
Have no need to lie.
Requiem For a Fisherman
(© Jeff Wright, used with permission)
A quiet troll across the lake
Its surface still and mirrored
The moisture in the air so thick
As morning sun appears.
The line is whipped with deft finesse
It sails with graceful ease
Near reeds exposed, and tangled roots
Just missing willowed trees.
The first bite starts the tingled thrill
All time is stopped in place
No sound or movement, not a breath
This single-focused face.
A stronger tug, the pole is flicked
The hook so cleanly set
The game goes on with line kept tight
The prize steered toward the net.
The feeling of accomplishment
It saturates your soul
Where skill and silent patience
Are the answer to the goal.
You may not get another bite
For hours through the day
But Nature's sweet serenity
Is often why you stay.
There comes that day for all the best
The fishing's done at last
The final time you tie a hook
The final spinning cast.
But Lord, we hope a lake exists
In Heaven's grand design
Where once again you'll feel the thrill
Of tugging on your line.
When I go fishing
I'm always wishing
Some fish will be my prize;
But while I'm fishing,
The fish are wishing
And all the wishes
Of all the fishes
Seem always to come true;
So all my wishes
To catch some fishes
The Fishing Pole
(Mary Caroline Davies)
A fishing pole's a curious thing;
It's made of just a stick and string;
A boy at one end and a wish,
And on the other end a fish.
"Men will grow weary," said the Lord,
"Of working for their bed and board.
They'll weary of the money chase
And want to find a resting place
Where hum of wheel is never heard
And no one speaks an angry word,
And selfishness and greed and pride
And petty motives don't abide.
They'll need a place where they can go
To wash their souls as white as snow.
They will be better men and true
If they can play a day or two."
The Lord then made the brooks to flow
And fashioned rivers here below,
And many lakes; for water seems
Best suited for a mortal's dreams.
He placed about them willow trees
To catch the murmur of the breeze,
And sent the birds that sing the best
Among the foliage to nest.
He filled each pond and stream and lake
With fish for man to come and take;
Then stretched a velvet carpet deep
On which a weary soul could sleep.
It seemed to me the Good Lord knew
That man would want something to do
When worn and wearied with the stress
Of battling hard for world success.
When sick at heart of all the strife
And pettiness of daily life,
He knew he'd need, from time to time,
To cleanse himself of city grime,
And he would want some place to be
Where hate and greed he'd never see.
And so on lakes and streams and brooks
The Good Lord fashioned fishing nooks.
Give a man a fish...
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; and you will not have to listen to his incessant whining about how hungry he is.
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; and you can sell him fishing equipment.
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish--and you've got the whole weekend to yourself.
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day.
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years.
. . . and you feed him for a day. Unless he doesn't like sushi--then you also have to teach him to cook. (Auren Hoffman)
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to use the Internet and he won't bother you for weeks.
. . . and you feed him for a day. Teach him about religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish. (Timothy Jones)
. . . and you feed him for a day. Give him fish aversion therapy, and you eliminate the craving for life.
Songs about Fishing
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- 1-2-3-4-5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive - David Jack (1998)
- Ain't No Fish - Tal Weiss (2005)
- Another Fish Story - Away Team (2000)
- Bad Day's Fishing, A - Slim Dusty (2000)
- California Fish Fry - Alan Barnes All Stars (2004)
- Catching Fish - Silver Scooter (1997)
- Catfish John - The Jerry Garcia Band (1976)
- Catfish Pond - Catfish Hodge (1996)
- Don't Break My Fishing Pole - JC and the Musicmakers (2004)
- Fish Ain't Bitin' - Ben Winship and David Thompson (2002)
- Fisherman's Luck - Lonnie Donegan (1964)
- Fishin' Creek Blues - The New Lost City Ramblers (1965)
- Fishin' Fever - Arthur Smith (1961)
- Fishin' in the Dark - Emerson Drive (2004)
- Fishing Clothes - Lightnin' Hopkins (1961)
- Five Pound Bass - Robert Earl Keen (2003)
- Fly Fishing - Ben Winship and David Thompson (2002)
- Gone Fishing - Paul Wagnberg (2001)
- Good Job Huntin' and Fishin' - Dick Curless (1966)
- I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Ben Winship and David Thompson (2002)
- Janie's Gone Fishin' - Kim Hill (1994)
- Lobster Fisherman - John Mock (2008)
- Now is the Time for Fishing - Sam Larner (1960)
- Ole Fishin' Pole - Smiley Burnette (1962)
- Only Time a Fisherman Tells the Truth - Slim Dusty (1990)
- Saturday Night Fish Fry - Frankie Ford (1961)
- Tennessee Fish Fry - Daryl Sherman (2005)
- Three Little Fishes - The Andrews Sisters (1973)
- We're Goin' Fishin' - Hank Locklin (1962)
- Why Don't You Just Go Fishing? - Slim Dusty (1986)
- Worm on a Hook - Karsten Pflum (2004)