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165 Reel-y Short Fishing Quotes for Instagram


For many fishing is a way of life and what they always look forward to. Or maybe this is your first time out and you just caught your first fish. Either way, maybe you have an amazing fishing picture that you want to share or experience you can’t put into words. Well, this list of the best short fishing quotes for Instagram should provide the perfect one for you to use. We included some fishing sayings and puns as well.

Our Favorite Short Fishing Quotes for Instagram

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

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

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

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

Person fishing on a boat with a short fishing quotes for Instagram that reads I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself

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

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

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

“No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler.” Izaak Walton

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

“The fish is not so much your quarry as your partner.” Arnold Gingrich

“I like to fish. Fishing is always a way of relaxing.” Tom Felton

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

Woman fly fishing in a shallow river with a fly fishing quotes on top

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

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

“Sharing the fun of fishing turns strangers into friends in a few hours.” – Eugene Clark

“It doesn’t matter if the rod is or isn’t bent. Time spent fishing is time well spent.” – James Morgan

“Life and fishing are very similar, you never know what’s at the end of the line.” – David Humphries

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

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

“I like fishing. Not actual fishing – I like the peace and quiet of being at sea. It’s different.” – Rafael Nadal

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

Person holding fish with fishing quotes funny by Chi Chi Rodriguez

“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

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

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

Fishing Sayings

  1. Cast away your troubles

2. The best days are spent fishing

3. Rise and shine it’s fishing time

4. I’d rather be fishing

5. Fishing life

6. Early to bed…early to rise…fish all day…make up lies

7. There’s always time for one more cast

Adult and child fishing with a fishing captions that reads there's always time for one more cast

8. Lost fishing, don’t try to find me

9. The fishing was good. It was the catching that was bad.

10. What happens on the fishing trip stays on the fishing trip

11. Stress is caused by not enough fishing!

12. I’m a reel expert. I can tackle anything.

13. There is no limit to how many times you can go fishing

14. You say I`m a compulsive fishing freak like it’s a bad thing

15. There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish

16. Gone fishin’, be back at dark-thirty!

17. That’s about as big as a fish that big gets

18. A day without fishing is like a day without sunshine

19. Always think like a fish, no matter how weird it gets

20. Fish stories told here…. some true!

21. Fishing is fun…catching is better

Person holding a fish on a boat with a fishing Instagram Captions that reads Fishing is fun catching is better

22. I don’t exaggerate…I just remember big!

23. I fish because the voice in my head tells me to

24. I can’t work today, my arm is in a cast

25. To fish or not to fish? That’s a dumb question.

26. I spent most of my money on fishing. The rest I wasted.

Person fishing on boat near ocean shore with a funny fishing captions that reads I spent most of my money on fishing, the rest I wasted

27. Fishing is the sport of drowning worms

28. Fish tremble before me

29. The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t

30. It’s not how you deep you fish, it’s how you wiggle your worm

31. Sorry, I wasn’t listening. I was thinking about fishing.

32. A man’s one last cast is like a woman’s ‘I’ll be five minutes.’

33. Ghost-fish Killah

34. Trust me, I’m a sturgeon

35. This crab is so good I’m gonna be shellfish and not share a bite.

36. We’re hake-ing in the dough!

37. Frosty fishing

Person holding fish with funny fishing captions

38. Holy carp!

39. You’ve cod to be kidding me.

40. Party like a lob-star.

41. She’s a jackfish of all trades.

42. You can see the Northern Lights in the Arctic Char!

43. Is she having a boy or a gill?

44. I fish you were here

45. You caught me!

46. Reel girls fish

Girl holding fish by gills with a cute fishing captions that reads reel girls fish

47. If I am fishing I’m happy

48. I’m hooked on you!

49. That’s a moray!

50. She’s a damselfish in distress.

51. Rise and shine, it’s fishing time!

52. Keeping it reel

53. I’m trying my best, but I keep floundering!

54. Drop a line, stay awhile

55. Don’t be koi

56. If I’m not fishing I’m thinking about it

57. Rise and shine it’s fishing time

58. Hooked on you

59. Fish on

60. Happiness is a big fish

61. The fish are calling and I must go

62. Can’t talk, got a fish on the other line

63. Girls fish too

64. Keep calm and fish on

65. May the fish be with you!

School of fish in the ocean with a fish captions that reads may the fish be with you!

66. I fish knowing every moment on a river is a gift

67. This fish had my name on it

68. Happiness is a big fish (and a witness)

69. You know fish is great brain food – maybe you should fish for a whale!

70. Fishaholic

71. Drop a line, stay awhile

72. Born to fish

73. Wishing I was fishing

74. That’s crayfish

75. Fishing life

Man fishing

76. Solid goldfish

77. Pipefish down!

78. Never trout yourself

79. Life is simple, just add water

80. Paradise – fishing at sunset

81. If I am fishing I’m happy

82. Hooked on fishing

83. Gone fishing

The Fishing Life Sayings

84. I don’t fish to escape my life. I fish to live my life.

Person fishing

85. Fishing is not just a sport; it’s a way of life

86. Water is the most essential element of life because, without water, you cannot go fishing

87. Life is just a series of obstacles preventing you from fishing

88. Some people wait an entire lifetime for the perfect fishing buddy. I’m raising mine.

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

90. Life is like a game, but fishing is serious

91. Some people will just never understand us, fishing isn’t just a pastime or a sport, it’s a way of life

92. You could say that I’m hooked on fishing

93. You can’t buy happiness, buy you can buy a fishing pole and that’s pretty much the same thing

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

95. The best days are spent fishing

96. Procrastifishing – the art of going fishing when you should really be doing something else

97. Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught

98. Good things come to those who bait

99. Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up

100. Do you catch my meaning?

101. Cast away your troubles

Hands holding a fishing rod on a lake with a good fishing captions that reads cast away your troubles

102. Stress is caused by not fishing enough

103. Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God

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

105. If I’m not fishing I’m thinking about it

106. I’d rather be fishing

107. I think I need to scale back

108. Fly fishermen are born honest, but they get over it

109. A bad day can be made better with some fishing time

110. Those who die with the most days fishing, wins

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

112. I’m a man of few words, “Let’s fish.”

Fishing Puns

113. Good things come to those who bait

Person fishing

114. ‘Carpe Diem,’ does not mean ‘fish of the day’

115. You daft cowfish

116. We love fishing for the halibut!

117. To the Batfish Mobile!

118. To celebrate Pride we serve Rainbow Trout

119. This is shrimp-ly awesome!

120. Taking a nap in my haddock

121. Another day at the of-fish

122. And the bandfish played on

123. Stop clownfish-ing around!

124. Let minnow if you wanna get sushi tonight

125. If you wanna sashimi, you need to ask me out

126. I’ll huff and I’ll puffer and I’ll blow your house down

127. I’ll be tuna-ing in tonight for my favorite show

128. What’s this all aboat?

Boats on lake with boat puns

129. I love you! Let’s cuttlefish!

130. I love shopping on Grouper-on

131. I got a bonytail

132. He’s the kingfish of the forest

133. He’s so swordfish-ticated

134. Guppy Love

135. Are you for reel?

136. Are you squid-ing?

137. We’re gonna need a bigger boat

138. You can’t be crabby when you’re fishing on a boat

Boat on a lake

139. Paradise: Lake. Boat. Fishing rod.

140. A man and his boat do not need to be justified

141. What happens on the fishing boat stays on the fishing boat

142. Nothing like the freedom on being on the lake fishing

143. I’m lost on the lake fishing, don’t bother me

144. I’m either just floating or I’m looking for the catch of the day

145. Lake rules: Sleep in. Read. Nature. Memories. Relax. Fish. Enjoy each moment.

146. Boat, sunset, fish, perfect

147. The earlier the better

148. The early fisherman catches the fish

149. Loving the morning sun

150. Another day, another sunrise, another fish

151. Head out before the sunrise

151. If you’re gonna rise you might as well fish

fisherman at sunrise with captions about fishing and morning

152. Silhouetted in the sunrise

153. Alone with only the rising sun and my fishing rod

154. Its fish o’clock

155. Good Morning! Making it a great fishing day

156. Today is a good day to fish

157. Rose with the sun and got fishing

158. In my happy place

159. Reliving my happy fishing memories

160. Big Fish = Happy Day

161. Lost fishing and happy about it

162. Happiness is catching

Woman with small fish and captions on fishing

163. A fishing life is a happy life

164. Happiness is a big fish

165. Heading to my happy place

Hope you found the perfect short fishing quote or saying.

Now get out there and get fishing!

Woman holding up a clear chunk of ice on the beach

About the Author

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.

And it doesn’t matter if you are travelling, celebrating a special occasion or just appreciating day-to-day life, when you take that perfect photo you are going to need the perfect caption or quote before you share it. Which is why we started Routinely Shares, providing comprehensive lists of quotes and captions to cover every occasion, adventure or loved one.

With extensive experience as a travel writer, social media specialist and grant writer, I have made it my mission to curate the best and easiest to use lists for your next post.