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Fishing Quotes and Memes to Keep You Motivated Through the Winter

The colder months of the year are great but they also mean that fishing season is officially over. There is nothing quite like getting out on the water and casting a line, but that isn’t possible with the rain and snow coming down from a grey sky.

However, just because winter comes does not mean you need to cut fishing out of your life. To help tide you over while you’re cooped up inside, here are some of the best fishing quotes ever said.

Fishing Quotes for Every Occasion

fishing quotes

Fishing is a universally loved hobby, and these fishing quotes reveal that. The following list comes from people at all levels of society. Some are from authors, some are from famous people, and some are simple proverbs.

Regardless of who said them, the following fishing quotes are perfect for people who need something to tide them over during the colder months of the year.

101 Fishing Quotes and Memes to Help You Through Winter


1. Carl Safina

“Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life. It’s time enough to realize​​​​​ that every generalization stands opposed by a mosaic of exceptions, and that the biggest truths are few indeed.”


2. Fennel Hudson (4 Fishing Quotes)

a man fishing

“The act of fishing – for fish, dreams or whatever magic is available – is enough. It transports us to a special world, and a state of mind, where we are free.”

“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.”

“Angling is just a way of relaxing and escaping in the countryside.”

“There is a moment during every fight with a strong fish when you wonder whether it or you will win the battle."


3. Jimmy Cannon

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


4. John Steinbeck (2 Fishing Quotes)

“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.”

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


5. Izaak Walton (2 Fishing Quotes)

a fisherman or an angler

“As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.”

"Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned."


6. Henry David Thoreau (3 Fishing Quotes)

“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.”

“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.”

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


7. Doug Larson

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


8. Steven Wright

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


9. Charles Waterman

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


10. Ed Zern

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


11. Jimmy Carter

"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."


12. Tony Blake

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


13. Jeff Foxworthy

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


14. Louis Bacon

“My favorite memories growing up in North Carolina were hunting and fishing with my father and brothers. There, I developed a deep appreciation for protecting land and waterways. There, I learned outdoorsmanship.”


15. Jack Nicklaus

“There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon.”


16. Ted Hughes

“Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self”


17. Mariano Rivera

“Fishing is a hard job. Fishing at night. Rain. Day, night… You have to be wise and smart. And quick.”


18. Paul O’Neil

trout

"I am not against golf, since I cannot suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout."


19. Alfred W. Miller

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


20. Herbert Hoover (5 Fishing Quotes)

"There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.”

"Be patient and calm—for no one can catch fish in anger."

“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”

"Fishing is a discipline in the equality of men--for all men are equal before fish."

"Lots of people committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing. The increase of crime is among those deprived of the regenerations that impregnate the mind and character of the fisherman."


21. William Shakespeare

"I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones."

"A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm."


22. Patrick McManus (2 Fishing Quotes)

fly fishing

"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."

"What a tourist terms a plague of insects, the fly fisher calls a great hatch."


23. Zane Grey

"If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago."


24. Norman Maclean

"To him, all good things—trout as well as eternal salvation—come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy."


25. Ernest Hemingway

“Somebody behind you, while you are fishing, is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.”

“Somebody behind you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.”


26. Tom Brokaw

“If fishing is religion, fly fishing is high church.”


27. Wade Boggs

“One guy that I wish was here right now is Ted Williams. He helped me so much, our long talks… not about hitting baseballs but about fishing, one of Ted’s passions… and I wish he was here today to share this with me because I owe so much to Ted Williams.”


27. Wade Boggs

“One guy that I wish was here right now is Ted Williams. He helped me so much, our long talks… not about hitting baseballs but about fishing, one of Ted’s passions… and I wish he was here today to share this with me because I owe so much to Ted Williams.”


28. Lee Trevino

bass fishing

“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.”


29. John Lasseter

“I worry about kids today not having time to build a tree house or ride a bike or go fishing. I worry that life is getting faster and faster.”


30.  Jerry Dennis

“Fishing...it makes us participants in nature instead of spectators.”


31. Spanish Proverb

“You cannot catch trout with dry breeches.”


32. John Buchan

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope.”


33. Lee Wulff (2 Fishing Quotes)

“If the fishing is good...Go Now. Tomorrow will be too late.”

"What a tourist terms a plague of insects, the fly fisher calls a great hatch."


34. George Foreman

“Anytime I can sneak in a moment to fish and ride horses, I’m a happy camper!”


35. Garrison Keillor

"Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won't feel so thankful then.”


36. Brandi Carlile

“Every city has a town outside with a lake. I pull out my fishing pole and fish. I've been doing that for a long time.”


37. Anthony Doerr (2 Fishing Quotes)

angler

“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.”

“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.”


38. The Bible (John 21:3)

“Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.”


39. Robert Traver

“I fish because I love to.”

"The best time to go fishing is when you can get away."


40. Arnold Gingrich

“A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.”

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


41. William Tapply

“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.”


42. Washington Irving

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.”


43. G.M.W. Wemyss

“The true angler can welcome even a low river and a dry year, and learn of it, and be the better for it, in mind and in spirit.”


44. Theodore Gordon

“The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.”


45. John Voelker

“Most fishermen swiftly learn that it’s a pretty good rule never to show a favorite spot to any fisherman.”


46. Harry Middleton

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


47. Mario Lopez

“Like they say, you can learn more from a guide in one day than you can in three months fishing alone.”


48. John Geirach

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


49. Paul Watson

“The Polynesians used to have a system where they proclaimed a fishing area as ‘taboo.’ If any fisherman was caught fishing in a taboo area, they would be killed. The Polynesians understood that the fish had to be given a chance to recover.”


50. Lee Marvin

“I only make movies to finance my fishing.”


51. Mark Twain

“Do not tell fish stories where the people know you… but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”


52. Robert Altman

fisherman

“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.”


53. Dan Pearce

“Fishing is much less about the fishing, and much more about the time alone with your kid, away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday.”


54. Rich Barry

“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.”


55. Sharon Jones

“Once I retire and slow down, I don’t want to be in New York. I want to be somewhere near a lake or a pond, so that on my days when I have nothing to do, I can go fishing.”


56. Paul Schullery

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


57. Koos Brandt

“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.”


58. Norman MacCaig

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


59. British Proverb

"It is not a fish until it is on the bank."


60. Tiger Woods

a guy fishing on a lake

“I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it’s so relaxing, so quiet, and peaceful. I mean, there’s no noise other than nature… and it’s so different from what I do in a tournament situation that it just eases my mind.”


61. Karl Marx

"Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity."


62. A.K. Best

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


63. Maimonides

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”


64. Zechariah Barrett

“… as the old saying goes: if you teach a man to fish, he will feed himself for a lifetime. But if you just give him a fishing pole, he’ll have to teach himself.”


65. Author Unknown (3 Fishing Quotes)

While the above fishing quotes all come from notable people, some great quotes get lost with time. Nobody is sure who spoke or wrote the following three quotes, but that does not make them any less impactful.

"Carpe Diem" does not mean "fish of the day."

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

“Nothing make a fish bigger than almost being caught.”


66. William Sherwood Fox

“We ask a simple question and that is all we wish… Are all fisherman liars or do only liars fish?”


67. Thomas McGuane

“I’ve spent as much as my life fishing as decency allowed, and sometimes I don’t even let that get in my way.”


68. Clark Gable

“Hell, if I’d jumped on all on the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have no time to go fishing.”


69. Rex Hunt

“All I can say to the kids is if you've got a problem in fishing or life, talk to an older person, you’re gonna end up alright, because nine times out of ten they’ve been through the same thing."


Love, Life, and Fishing

Fishing is a great sport and hobby. However, it has such a storied history and there are so many types that it is hard to pin down in just a few fishing quotes.

Rather, the above list encapsulates how fishing affects people and the different ways it has influenced society over the years.

It is no fun dreaming of your favorite spot during the cold months of the year, but all of these fishing quotes should remind you of those places and bring a smile to your face.

Janice Friedman
 

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