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100 Funny Fishing Quotes That Will Reel-y Make You Laugh


Whether fishing is a way of life for you or you are just getting your first fishing rod, we have a list of the best funny fishing quotes to put a smile on your face. So if you are looking for a laugh or an amusing quote to put on a t-shirt or on a gift for someone who loves fishing, we have you covered.

Our Favorite Funny Fishing Quotes

“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

“Fishing tournaments seem a little like playing tennis with living balls.” – Jim Harrison

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

“Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.” – Steven Wright

“The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.” – Patrick F. McManus

Adult and child fishing beside each other on breakwater with a funny fishing quotes on top

“Comedians get jokes offered to them, rock stars get women and underwear thrown on stage, and I get guys that want to take me fishing.” – Les Claypool

“Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” Herbert Hoover

“I love talk and I love fishing. I’m having a ball.” – Martin Milner

“It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.” – Theodore Gordon

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

“My biggest worry is that when I’m dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.” – Koos Brandt

“Smoked carp tastes just as good as smoked salmon when you ain’t got no smoked salmon.”  -Patrick F. McManus

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

Person holding fish with fishing quotes funny by Chi Chi Rodriguez

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

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

“I am firmly convinced that the ideal combination leading to a happy life is to have the time to both fish and read.” Brian Murphy

“I salute the gallantry and uncompromising standards of wild trout, and their tastes in landscapes” – John Madson

“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

“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

“There will be no end to angling controversies for there is no one best way for everyone to fish.” – Lee Wulff

“I am not against golf, since I cannot suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout.” – Paul O’Neil

“It is to be observed that ‘angling’ is the name given to fishing by people who can’t fish.” – Stephen Leacock

“When I go fishing, I like to know that there’s nobody within five miles of me.” – Norman MacCaig

Boat on lake with cute funny quotes on fishing by Maccaig

“I don’t want to sit at the head table anymore. I want to go fishing.” George Bush

“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

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

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

“It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.” Theodore Gordon.

“A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.” – Samuel Johnson

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

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

“Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.” – Don Marquis

“Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loathing.” – Edgar Watson Howe

“Fishing, with me, has always been an excuse to drink in the daytime.” Jimmy Cannon

Boat on lake with short funny fishing quotes for Instagram by Jimmy Cannon

“I only make movies to finance my fishing.” – Lee Marvin

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.” – A.K. Best

“There’s more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot.” – Lefty Kreh

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

“Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.” – Arnold Gingrich

“I have laid aside business, and gone a’fishing.” – Izaak Watson

“If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.” Tom Brokaw

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

“The season is ended.  There was not enough of it; there never is.” – Nick Lyons

“There’s no taking trout with dry breeches.” – Cervantes

“You must lose a fly to catch a trout.” – George Herbert

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

“Hatchery fish have the same colours, but they always seem muted like bad reproductions of great art.”  – Bill Barich

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

“Do not tell fish stories where the people know you. Particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” Mark Twain

Fish underwater with funny fish quotes by Mark Twain

“Something to think about: If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough, it will sooner or later become the right fly.” -John Gierach

“The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line.” William Humphrey

“This planet is covered with sordid men who demand that he who spends time fishing shall show returns in fish.” – Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.

“You know fish is great brain food.” – Larry “Well, you know, then you should fish for a whale!” – Moe

“I fish, therefore I don’t golf.” – Billy Connolly

“Fear No Fish, Never Grow up.”  – Flip Pallot

“Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overo it.” – Lao Tzu

“If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.” Zane Grey.

“If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.” – George Allen

“It is not a fish until it is on the bank.” Old British saying

Person fishing with short funny quotes about fish

“May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.” – Irish Blessing

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” Douglas Adams.

“The fish you release maybe a gift to another, as it may have been a gift to you.” – Lee Wulff

“I’m going to gut you like a fish.” – Mike Tyson

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Camping Captions, Camping Quotes, Fishing Quotes, Fishing Captions, Short Fishing Quotes, Funny Golf Captions, Funny Golf Quotes and Golf Puns, .

Funny Fisherman Quotes

“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

“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

“Of all the liars among mankind, the fisherman is the most trustworthy.” – William Sherwood Fox

Person holding hook with funny fisherman quotes by William Sherwood Fox

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

“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.

“All you need to be a fisherman is patience and a worm.” – Herb Shriner

“All fishermen are liars; it’s an occupational disease with them like housemaid’s knee or editor’s ulcers.” – Beatrice Gray Cook

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

“Most fishermen use the double haul to throw their casting mistakes further.” – Lefty Kreh

“We ask a simple question And that is all we wish: Are fishermen all liars? Or do only liars fish?” – William Sherwood Fox

Funny Fishing Sayings

  • “A worm is a small, reluctant animal used to capture a larger reluctant animal.”
  • “Fishing is fun…catching is better.”
  • “Fishing is the sport of drowning worms.”
  • “When in doubt, exaggerage.”
Man holding fish with funny fishing sayings
  • “Ten fishermen, ten hunters, twenty liars.”
  • “Those who die with the most days fishing, wins.”
  • “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will find bait in the fridge.”
  • “A day without fishing is like a day without sunshine.”
  • “Always think like a fish, no matter how weird it gets.”
  • “Early to bed…early to rise…fish all day…make up lies.”
  • “Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.”
  • “Fish stories told here…. some true!”
  • “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.”
Person on boat fishing with funny fish sayings
  • “I’m a man of few words, “Let’s fish.”
  • “Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.”
  • “Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.”
  • “To fish or not to fish? That’s a dumb question.”
  • “Work is for people who don’t know how to fish!”
  • “Carpe Diem,’ does not mean ‘fish of the day,’”
  • “You do not cease to fish because you get old. You get old because you cease to fish!” 
  • “A fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other.”
  • “Fisherman’s prayer: Lord, help me to catch fish so large, that even I, in the telling of it, never need to lie.”
  • “A woman who has never seen her husband fishing, doesn’t know what a patient man she married!”
  • “I once gave up fishing. It was the most terrifying weekend of my life.”  
  • “Life is like a game, but fishing is serious.”
People fishing on dock with funny fishing one-liners
  • “You say I`m a compulsive fishing freak like it’s a bad thing.”
  • “Fishing will do a lot for a man but it won’t make him truthful.”
  • “A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office!”
  • “A man and his boat do not need to be justified.”
  • “That’s about as big as a fish that big gets.”
  • “There is no limit to how many times you can go fishing.”
  • “I don’t exaggerate…I just remember big!”
Person on beach fishing with funny quotes about fishing by Monniger

“I got a fishing rod for my wife – good trade.”

“I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself.” Joseph Monniger

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Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

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