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Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping. Fishing with an "angle" (fish hook) attached to a fishing line, usually attached to a fishing rod and reel, as called angling.

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  • I often went fishing up in Maine during the summer. Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn't think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn't bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: "Wouldn't you like to have that?"
    Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people?
  • Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.
  • Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish and of forgetting that the fish has a hook in his mouth, his gullet, or his belly and that his gameness is really an extreme of panic in which he runs, leaps, and pulls to get away until he dies. It would seem to be enough advantage to the angler that the fish has the hook in his mouth rather than the angler.
    • Ernest Hemingway, introduction to S. Kip Farrington Jr., Atlantic Game Fishing (1937).
  • A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 28-30.
  • A rod twelve feet long and a ring of wire,
    A winder and barrel, will help thy desire
    In killing a Pike; but the forked stick,
    With a slit and a bladder,—and that other fine trick,
    Which our artists call snap, with a goose or a duck,—
    Will kill two for one, if you have any luck;
    The gentry of Shropshire do merrily smile,
    To see a goose and a belt the fish to beguile;
    When a Pike suns himselfe and a-frogging doth go,
    The two-inched hook is better, I know,
    Than the ord'nary snaring: but still I must cry,
    When the Pike is at home, minde the cookery.
    • Thomas Barker, The Art of Angling (1820 reprint of the 1657 edition); Barker was a chef for Lord Montague who wrote various poems instructing the reader how to catch and cook fish.
  • For angling-rod he took a sturdy oak;
    For line, a cable that in storm ne'er broke;
    His hook was such as heads the end of pole
    To pluck down house ere fire consumes it whole;
    This hook was bated with a dragon's tail,—
    And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.
    • Sir William Davenant, Brittania Triumphans, p. 15. Variations of same in The Mock Romance, Hero and Leander. London, 1653, 1677. Chamber's Book of Days, Volume I, p. 173. Daniel, Rural Sports, Supplement, p. 57.
  • When if or chance or hunger's powerful sway
    Directs the roving trout this fatal way,
    He greedily sucks in the twining bait,
    And tugs and nibbles the fallacious meat.
    • John Gay, Rural Sports, Canto I, line 150.
  • To fish in troubled waters.
  • You must lose a fly to catch a trout.
  • Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?
    • Job. XLI. 1.
  • A fishing-rod was a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.
    • Samuel Johnson, according to Hazlitt, Essay on Egotism, The Plain Speaker.
  • Fly fishing is 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.
    • Attributed to Johnson by Hawker, On Worm Fishing (not found in his works); see Notes and Queries (Dec. 11, 1915).
  • La ligne, avec sa canne, est un long instrument,
    Dont le plus mince bout tient un petit reptile,
    Et dont l'autre est tenu par un grand imbecile.
    • A French version of lines attributed to Johnson; claimed for Guyet, who lived about 100 years earlier.
  • His angle-rod made of a sturdy oak;
    His line, a cable which in storms ne'er broke;
    His hook he baited with a dragon's tail,—
    And sat upon a rock, and bobb'd for whale.
    • William King, Upon a Giant's Angling. (In Chalmers's British Poets).
  • Down and back at day dawn,
    Tramp from lake to lake,
    Washing brain and heart clean
    Every step we take.
    Leave to Robert Browning
    Beggars, fleas, and vines;
    Leave to mournful Ruskin
    Popish Apennines,
    Dirty stones of Venice,
    And his gas lamps seven,
    We've the stones of Snowdon
    And the lamps of heaven.
    • Charles Kingsley, Letters and Memories, Aug., 1856. (Edited by Mrs. Kingsley).
  • In a bowl to sea went wise men three,
    On a brilliant night in June:
    They carried a net, and their hearts were set
    On fishing up the moon.
  • In genial spring, beneath the quivering shade,
    Where cooling vapors breathe along the mead,
    The patient fisher takes his silent stand,
    Intent, his angle trembling in his hand;
    With looks unmov'd, he hopes the scaly breed,
    And eyes the dancing cork, and bending reed.
  • Give me mine angle, we'll to the river; there,
    My music playing far off, I will betray
    Tawny-finn'd fishes; my bended hook shall pierce
    Their slimy jaws.
  • The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
    Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
    And greedily devour the treacherous bait.
  • Shrimps and the delicate periwinkle
    Such are the sea-fruits lasses love:
    Ho! to your nets till the blue stars twinkle,
    And the shutterless cottages gleam above!
  • But should you lure
    From his dark haunt, beneath the tangled roots
    Of pendent trees, the Monarch of the brook,
    Behoves you then to ply your finest art.
  • Two honest and good-natured anglers have never met each other by the way without crying out, "What luck?"

The Compleat Angler (1653-55)[edit]

Quotes from Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler (1653-55).
  • Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt.
    • Author's Preface.
  • As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
    • Author's Preface.
  • I shall stay him no longer than to wish * * * that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a fishing.
    • Author's Preface.
  • Angling is somewhat like Poetry, men are to be born so.
    • Part I, Chapter I.
  • Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.
    • Part I, Chapter I.
  • I am, Sir, a brother of the angle.
    • Part I, Chapter I.
  • It [angling] deserves commendations; * * * it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man.
    • Part I, Chapter I.
  • An excellent angler, and now with God.
    • Part I, Chapter IV.
  • 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.
    • Part I, Chapter V. (Boteler was Dr. William Butler. See Fuller's—Worthies. Also Roger Williams—Key into the Language of America, p. 98).
  • Thus use your frog: * * * put your hook, I mean the arming wire, through his mouth, and out at his gills, and then with a fine needle and silk sow the upper part of his leg with only one stitch to the arming wire of your hook, or tie the frog's leg above the upper joint to the armed wire; and in so doing use him as though you loved him.
    • Part I, Chapter VIII.
  • O! the gallant fisher's life,
    It is the best of any:
    'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife,
    And 'tis beloved by many.
    Other joys
    Are but toys;
    Only this,
    Lawful is:
    For our skill
    Breeds no ill,
    But content and pleasure.
    • Chapter XVI.
  • And upon all that are lovers of virtue; and dare trust in his providence; and be quiet; and go a-angling.
    • Part I, Chapter XXI.
  • Of recreation there is none
    So free as fishing is, alone;
    All other pastimes do not less
    Than mind and body, both possess:
    My hand alone my work can do;
    So I can fish and study too.
    • The Angler's Song.
  • The first men that our Saviour dear
    Did choose to wait upon Him here,
    Blest fishers were; and fish the last
    Food was, that He on earth did taste:
    I therefore strive to follow those,
    Whom He to follow Him hath chose.
    • The Angler's Song.

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