30 Fishing Quotes That'll Make You Want to Get on the Water

What's better than a day spent on the water?

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There are few better ways to spend a day than out on the water with a pole, lots of bait, and your thoughts. Fishing is a classic pastime that often has been passed down from generation to generation. It's a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a chance to practice patience. It's an activity that is meant for solitude, yet also for good company depending on the day. Fishing brings people together over a mutual love for the hunt and the high you get when you reel a good one in. Sometimes you may strike out on catching any good ones, but a true fisherman knows that it's not just coming home with lots of fish that proves your day on the water was a success. Whether fishing is second nature to you or you're just getting started, these fishing quotes will remind you why a day spent on the water is hard to beat.

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Fishing Quotes: Unknown
Southern Living

"Carpe Diem" does not mean 'fish of the day.'" – Author Unknown

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Henry David Thoreau

Fishing Quotes: Henry David Thoreau
Southern Living

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

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A.K. Best

Fishing Quotes: A.K. Best
Southern Living

"The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad." – A.K. Best

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Charles Waterman

Fishing Quotes: Charles Waterman
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"Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman's job is simple: Pick out the best parts." – Charles Waterman

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Ed Zern

Fishing Quotes: Ed Zern
Southern Living

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

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Jimmy Carter

Fishing Quotes: Jimmy Carter
Southern Living

"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." – Jimmy Carter

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Tony Blake

Fishing Quotes: Tony Blake
Southern Living

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

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Herbert Hoover

Fishing Quotes: Herbert Hoover
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"Be patient and calm—for no one can catch fish in anger." – Herbert Hoover

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Mark Twain

Fishing Quotes: Mark Twain
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"Do not tell fish stories where the people know you. Particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish." – Mark Twain

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John Buchan

Fishing Quotes: John Buchan
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"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope." – John Buchan

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Chuck Clark

Fishing Quotes: Chuck Clark
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"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

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Fishing Quotes: Maimonides
Southern Living

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." – Maimonides

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Koos Brandt

Fishing Quotes: Koos Brandt
Southern Living

"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

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Robert Altman

Fishing Quotes: Robert Altman
Southern Living

"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

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Fishing Quotes: Unknown
Southern Living

"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught." – Unknown

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Zane Grey

Fishing Quotes: Zane Grey
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"If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago." – Zane Grey

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Jack Nicklaus

Fishing Quotes: Jack Nicklaus
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"There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there's always a new place, always a new horizon." – Jack Nicklaus

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William Tapply

Fishing Quotes: William Tapply
Southern Living

"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

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John Ashley-Cooper

Fishing Quotes: John Ashley-Cooper
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"One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one's fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one's fishing companions." – John Ashley-Cooper

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Harry Middleton

Fishing Quotes: Harry Middleton
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"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it." – Harry Middleton

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Roderick Haig-Brown

Fishing Quotes: Roderick Haig-Brown
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"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home." – Roderick Haig-Brown

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Fishing Quotes: Ovid
Southern Living

"Opportunity is ever worth expecting; let our hood be ever hanging ready. The fish will be in the pool where you least imagine it to be." – Ovid

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W.D. Wetherell

Fishing Quotes: W.D. Wetherell
Southern Living

"Those who fish get to know and understand a river in a way few others can."– W.D. Wetherell

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Katharine Weber

Fishing Quotes: Katharine Weber
Southern Living

"Fishing is marvelous... there is the irresistible urge to tangle with the mysterious and unknown, to rely on intuition and hunches." – Katharine Weber

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Dorothy Noyes Arms

Fishing Quotes: Dorothy Noyes Arms
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"Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers." – Dorothy Noyes Arms

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Spanish Proverb

Fishing Quotes: Spanish Proverb
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"He who wants to catch fish must not mind getting wet." – Spanish Proverb

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Dan Baughman

Fishing Quotes: Dan Baughman
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"When we fish, we are awake. We are attuned to the environment, to the world, to the reverence and wonder of life." – Dan Baughman

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Lord Home

Fishing Quotes: Lord Home
Southern Living

"Fishing is unquestionably a form of madness but, happily, for the once-bitten there is no cure." – Lord Home

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Justin Morgan

Fishing Quotes: Justin Morgan
Southern Living

"It doesn't matter if the rod is or isn't bent. Time spent fishing is time well spent." – Justin Morgan

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German Proverb

Fishing Quotes: German Proverb
Southern Living

"The fishing is good in troubled waters." – German Proverb

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