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Fishing Proverbs


Sayings about Fishing

Don’t sell the fish that is still swimming in the ocean. ~ Turkish Proverb

There are people that fish and those who just disturb the water. ~ Chinese Proverb

The bait tastes first the fish. ~ German Proverb

He who wants to go fishing must not be afraid of the water. ~ Hungarian Proverb

Like a fish, one should look for a hole in the net. ~ Samoan Proverb

He fishes well who uses a golden hook. ~ Latin Proverb

Make not the sauce till you have caught the fish. ~ English Proverb

The fish caught in the net starts to think. ~ Zanzibar Proverb

There is a time to fish and a time to dry the nets. ~ Chinese Proverb

You cannot catch trout with dry breeches. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Fishermen recognize each other from far away. ~ Russian Proverbs

Fish or cut bait. ~ American Proverb

In large rivers one finds big fish but one may also be drowned. ~ Spanish Proverb

The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing. ~ Babylonian Proverb

A fisherman’s walk: three steps and overboard. ~ English Proverb

There are finer fish in the sea than have ever been caught. ~ Irish Proverbs

Looking for fish? Don’t climb a tree. ~ Chinese Proverb

No one with a good catch of fish goes home by the back alley. ~ Traditional Proverb

It is ill fishing before the net. ~ English Proverb

If the seawater were hotter we could catch boiled fish. ~ French Proverb

A big fish is caught with big bait. ~ Sierra Leonean Proverb

It is no good going to the river just wanting to catch a fish; you have to take a net as well. ~ Chinese Proverb

A fisherman never says his fish stink. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Chinese Proverb

In the morning be first up, and in the evening last to go to bed, for they that sleep catch no fish. ~ English Proverbs

Fish don’t get caught in deep water. ~ Malawian Proverb

There is one fish in the pond, and ten anglers on the bank. ~ Vietnamese Proverb

The fish you cannot catch is always a big one. ~ Chinese Proverb

He who digs too deep for a fish, may come out with a snake. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

Seeking fish? Don’t dive in the pond; go home and get a net. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you cannot catch a fish, do not blame the sea. ~ Greek Proverbs

Don’t bargain for fish which are still in the water. ~ Indian Proverbs

Fishing without a net is just bathing. ~ Nigerien Proverb

The fish sees the bait not the hook; a man sees not the danger — only the profit. ~ Mongolian Proverb

Quotations about Fishing

Man cannot be successful in business and in fishing at the same time. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant. ~ Scott Adams

Some people are under the impression that all that is required to make a good fisherman is the ability to tell lies easily and without blushing; but this is a mistake. Mere bald fabrication is useless; the veriest tyro can manage that. It is in the circumstantial detail, the embellishing touches of probability, the general air of scrupulous — almost of pedantic — veracity, that the experienced angler is seen. ~ Jerome K. Jerome

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

We may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, “Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did”; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling. ~ Izaak Walton

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. ~ Author Unknown

Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other. ~ Samuel Johnson

The end of fishing is not angling, but catching. ~ Thomas Fuller

An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting. Fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths. ~ Author Unknown

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish. ~ Author Unknown

The best way to a fisherman’s heart is through his fly. ~ Author Unknown

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes. ~ Don Marquis

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

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. ~ Robert Altman

I used to love going fishing. I think it was really about the clothes. Nothing says real man like a vest with 38 pockets and a mesh hat with hooks in it. ~ Craig Ferguson

Good things come to those who bait. ~ Author Unknown

Fishing is the sport of drowning worms. ~Author Unknown

Still he fishes that catches one. ~ Thomas Fuller

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

The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Best fishing in troubled waters. ~ Sir John Harrington

You must lose a fly to catch a trout. ~ George Herbert

There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~ Steven Wright

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish. ~ Author Unknown

Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

All you need to be a fisherman is patience and a worm. ~ Herb Shriner

Fishing is much more than fish…. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. ~ Herbert Hoover

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

Men and imagination is under there. ~ Robert Altman

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