50 Amazing Fishing Quotes From Celebrities & Athletes.

By: Joseph Simonds on May 14, 2016
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The best (and funniest) quotes on fishing all in one place!

For some of us, fishing is a way to relax, to become one with nature, and to leave our hectic lives behind…

For others, fishing isn’t just a pastime… it’s a way of life, a career, and a love affair with nature.

Either way, I know that if you are an angler that you will appreciate and relate to these amazing fishing quotes from celebrities, presidents, generals, athletes, and other famous people.

Without further adieu…

50 Amazing Fishing Quotes By Famous People

1. Herbert Hoover

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

2. Jeff Foxworthy

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

3.  Doug Larson

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

4. Steven Wright

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

5. Benjamin Franklin

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

6. Les Claypool

“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.”

7. Mariano Rivera

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

8. 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”

9. Tiger Woods

“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.”

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10. Henry David Thoreau

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

11. George Foreman

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

12. General Norman Schwarzkopf (Fishing Quote #1)

“I do hunt and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.”

13. 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.”

14. Jack Nicklaus

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

15. 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.”

16. Luke Bryan

“Probably fishing is my first passion.”

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17. Don Marquis

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

18. 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.”

19. Boo Weekley

“My main aim is getting set up so that when I do quit, I can step away and re-evaluate what I want to do in life. Do I want to get to 50 years old and come back? Or will I just want to go home and be fishing, hunting, and working around the house?”

20. General Norman Schwarzkopf (Fishing Quote #2)

“What people don’t understand is that this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There’s no other nation in the world where that happens. And it’s very much a part of our heritage”

21. 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.”

22. Ted Nugent

“There’s an absolute surety to the hands-on conservation lifestyle of hunting, fishing, and trapping where you know you’re going to consume today,”

23. Herbert Hoover (Fishing Quote #2)

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

24. Tom Brokaw

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

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25. 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.”

26. Lee Trevino

“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.”

27. Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty

“I’m just a simple guy. I love being at my house with my family. I love playing dominos and card games and hunting and fishing. That’s just what I like to do.”

28. Jimmy Cannon

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

29. Norman MacCaig

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

30. General Norman Schwarzkopf (Fishing Quote #3)

“I’ve managed to convince my wife that somewhere in the Bible it says, “Man cannot have too many shotguns and fishing poles’.”

31. 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.”

32. Catherine Zeta-Jones

“I grew up in a small, strictly Catholic fishing village on the coast of Wales. The people there have a different attitude to life than those in Hollywood… people stick together more.”

33. Lee Marvin

“I only make movies to finance my fishing.”

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34. Deion Sanders

“I can really fish… I’ve been fishing since I was a little kid.”

35. Mark Twain

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

36. Anthony Doerr

“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.”

37. 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.”

38. Larry David

“I learned the first night that IHOP’s not the place to order fish.”

39. 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.”

40. Mike Tyson

“I’m going to gut you like a fish.”

41. Rickie Fowler

“I get out in my boat and go fishing inshore and offshore”

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42. Mario Lopez

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

43. Jon Lester

“The two biggest things that translate from a pitching mound to hunting and fishing are patience and perseverance. When you’re on the mound, you have to take the game one pitch at a time, regardless of the score, and that approach helps when I’m in the woods or out on the water as well.”

44. Lao Tzu

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

45. Paul O’Neil

“There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.”

46. Robert Altman

“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.”

47. Chuck Clark

“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.”

48. William Sherwood Fox

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

49. Whitey Herzog

“The only thing bad about winning the pennant is that you have to manage the All-Star Game the next year. I’d rather go fishing for three days.”

50. 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.”

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Did we forget any classic fishing quotes?

What about any of your favorite “funny fishing quotes?”

Let me know in the comment section.

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‘Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish…and feed yourself. He’s a grown man. And fishing’s not that hard’ – Ron Swanson