50 Best Fishing Quotes and Sayings of All Time (Funny, Love & Life)


Fishing is not just about standing on a riverbank and staring into the water.

It is a way of life, and endless source of fun …

Anglers like to share stories about their adventures and they like to have a good laugh too.

And there is nothing better for laughter than some funny fishing quotes!

Quotes can summarize our passion about fishing, life and love, and here I will mention the best ones I have heard or read online.

So, take a short break and enjoy this collection of quotations about fishing!

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If you are a fisherman or have one in your family, you probably make fun together about fishing, the effect of fishing on life and other occasions.

Maybe you even share some funny quotes on social media.

I listed some funny quotes for fishing, and jokes about fishing in different categories, so that you can always have one ready for every occasion!

Funny Quotes for Fishing

We should start with the funny fishing quotes.

Although, there are some quite funny ones in other categories too. These are suitable for anyone who is an angler or wants to make their angler friends happy. Just to warn you, some of them are dirty fishing quotes!

We all know this one, and it is one of those that you can use anywhere, anytime (except maybe in front of your grandma).

“Fishing is like sex. When it is great it is great. When it is bad, it is still great!”

Anglers have a tendency to exaggerate and not being very truthful about their catch, or at least people think that way about them.

So, here is a little “prayer” for all of you claiming that you caught something suitable for the Guinness book of records!

“Dear Lord, give me the serenity to accept the size of 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!”

To make it a bit more awkward, the prayer will be followed by a dirty word play.

“Fishing saved me from becoming a pornstar. Now I’m just a HOOKER!”

Don’t get offended by the last one, you know you need hooks to hook a fish.

We all know those anglers who say that they almost caught a fish of a lifetime, and the next one is for them:

“Fish come in three sizes: small, medium and the one that got away!”

Best Fishing Quotes - Funny

Short Fishing Quotes

There are some short fishing quotes that are suitable for multiple occasions, or just to make fun of your fly fishing friends who think that their fishing technique is the best one on the planet.

Do all fishermen lie or just liars become fishermen?

Whatever answer is the truth, it doesn’t matter we will still make jokes about it, so here is one of the best quotes for fishing for fly fishermen:

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

Everyone knows that fly fishing is one of the most exciting techniques, and it is almost as good as… well, you know.

So, here is one about that, you will figure it out:

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

I am going to stop making fun with fly fishermen (for now).

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The next one is a perfect answer when you want to be truthful about your fishing day (if there is anyone who wants that).

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

And another word play that is a result of a famous saying, originally not related to fishing, but it sounds much better like this:

“Good things come to those who BAIT.”

I came across a short song, for all of you poetic fishermen out there:

“Early to bed,Early to rise,Fish all day,Make up lies.”

Best Fishing Quotes - Poet

Fishing Quotes about Love

Love and fishing are deeply connected. And of course, quotes about fishing go well here.

Anglers love fishing, their wives love to get rid of them for the weekend and your love life will probably suffer because of your love for fishing.

Here are some fishing quotes about love.

The first one is the one you should tell your wife before telling her how much you paid for the last rod you bought:

“I love you like a fish loves water.” If that doesn’t work, ty this one: “You are the only fish in the sea for me”

The next one you should print and put it on a wall:

“One fine fisherman lives here, with the catch of his life.”

Sometimes, fishing is just an excuse to get away from everyday love life.

If you agree, here is one fishing quote for you:

“An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting on a muddy bank of rivers doing nothing because his wife won’t let him do it at home.”

Some anglers lie about their catch, while others lie about their equipment. If you are in the second category, here is one for you:

“My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will try to sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.”

Fishing and dating are quite similar too:

“Fishing is like dating; it’s all catch and release until you find a keeper.”

Best Fishing Quotes - Love

Fishing Quotes about Life

Fishing is an important part of your life, I assume, if you are reading this. If not, you are doing something wrong.

So, here are some fishing quotes about life that you can use.

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

But luckily, not everyone has discovered this sport activity, so there is plenty of rivers to be fished by you. Maybe you just need an excuse to enjoy a beer in the middle of the week, before noon. And no one here will judge you. The next fishing quote is for you:

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

We all know that work can get in the way of fishing …

And no matter how much you like your job, fishing is still better. Here is one about that:

“A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.”

And we all know there is no such thing as “bad fishing day”.

We already had a quote that is a result of famous saying converted to fishing, and here is two more, that sound so much better in this version:

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

“Give a man a fish, and he has food for a day. Teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend!”

And the last one is the best among beautiful classic fishing quotes:

“Fishing adds years to your life, and life to your years.”

Fishing Quotes about Life

Gone Fishing Quotes

Finally, the weekend. You are going fishing, and you don’t want anyone to bother you. And you want everybody to know that you are going to have fun.

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Or maybe you just went without telling anyone, but there is no need to panic, for all those who know you, they know where you are!

Here is a few gone fishing quotes for all of you who like to disappear for a few days:

“If I’ve gone missing, I’ve gone fishing!” or “If my keys are missin’ I’ve gone fishin’!”

Fishing can be seen as a fairy-tale, especially in this quote:

“A wise man once said “Fuck it, I’m going fishing” and he lived happily ever after”

There is one short word play to inform your friend about your plans:

“Gone fishing, catch you later!”

Some like a peace of mind more than they like fishing itself:

“Many men go fishing all of their lives, not knowing that it’s not the fish they are after.”

And the last one is about the state of mind when you are fishing:

“I don’t go fishing to find myself, but to lose myself.”

Best Fishing Quotes - Gone

Fishing Quotes for Dad

Kids like to fish with their dads, and a lot of anglers fell in love with this activity because of their family members. So, here are a few fishing quotes for dad.

The first one is a word play that you can send to your dad who taught you about fishing:

“Dad, you are reel-y the best”

Your dad has a dad too, so here is one for the grandpa:

“Remember when your GPS and a fish finder were rolled into one trusty unit called grandpa?”

And if you are a dad, here is one short quote for you:

“Dad is my name – fishing is my game”

And if love for fishing exist for generations, here two nice and inspirational fishing quotes:

“Daddy taught me how to fish but grandpa taught me how to CATCH a fish!”

“The most valuable catch is time spend passing along a tradition.”

Best Fishing Quotes about Dad

Fishing Quotes for Women

We can’t forget the ladies who like fishing, or they are (unfortunately) married to an angler. So, here are some fishing quotes for women.

When your husband complains about time you spend getting ready for a date, remind him of the following when he is fishing for too long:

“A man’s “one last cast” is like a woman’s “I’ll be ready in 5 minutes!””

The next one is more about women:

“Women are like fish; fun to catch, fresh ones are better and when you decide to keep one, it will cost you a lot of money.”

And women know why men love it:

“Women know why men love to go fishing. It is the only time they will hear the words “wow, that’s a big one!””

The next one summarizes the priorities and couple goals:

“A real woman will not make you choose between her and fishing, she will make you take her fishing.”

If your partner is not the smartest one:

“He’s not the sharpest hook in the tackle-box”

And the last one is a true statement that the fishing girls are the best:

“Average girls dance on poles, the best ones fish with them.”

Best Fishing Quotes - Women

Classical Fishing Quotes

Among sayings about fishing, there are classics that you probably know, but here are a few just to remind you!

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The first fishing saying here states how important fishing is in a life of an angler.

»Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.«

And of course, here is one about »the one that got away«.

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

Of course, sometimes you can get into trouble for taliking about fishing. So, here is one for all of you who experienced it.

“Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.”

And the last one is the philosophical quote for all of you who like to overthink!

“Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to.”

Best Fishing Quotes - Classical

Fishing Quotes for Instagram and Facebook

Some of us like to share fishing content on social media to make our friends laugh, or to make them jealous about our catch.

Here are some fishing quotes for Instagram and Facebook.

The next one is for all of you having unwanted guests for the weekend (usually in-laws) who stop you from going fishing. Just make sure thy are not your Facebook friends before posting!

“Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”

Every angler likes to brag about his knowledge, but he will rarely share a really important information, such as a great fishing spot.

“I don’t always tell people where to fish, but when I do, it’s a lie.”

The next one is for those who skipped class in school. And now they have trouble learning the basics:

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

And you must share your knowledge about fish:

“Fish: An animal that grows fastest between the time it’s caught and the time a fisherman describes it to his friends”

In the end, for all those who are not fishing fans:

“To fish or not to fish? What a stupid question!”

“If you don’t like fishing raise your hand! – Now slap yourself because you are an idiot!”

Best Fishing Quotes - FB and IG

You have to admit, among these 50, there are some pretty good fishing quotes! Share them with your friends and enjoy!


Some of the fishing quotes here are well known, while other ones may have surprised you. Hopefully you had a good laugh and you will share a few of them in some occasion.

Internet is full of funny quotes for fishing and here is an idea for you, print some on a T-shirt or a mug and give it to your angling buddies!

The best fishing quotes will always put a smile on your face!

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>