"I don't know chief, he's very smart or very dumb. He's gone under the boat!
He's a big smart fish, he's gone under the boat!" - JAWS - 1975
Classic Striper (and Other) Fishing Quotes
"All I hear lately is guys talking about how the big fish are gone forever. Believe
me, they're not gone - you just have to be willing to devote most of your life to
finding them; just like I do! -
Billy the Greek Legakis
"I don't know chief, he's very smart or very dumb. He's gone under the boat!
He's a big smart fish, he's gone under the boat!" -
JAWS - 1975
"I am the wiser in respect to all knowledge and the better qualified for all
fortunes for knowing that there is a minnow in that brook" -
"Daniel Webster, John James Audubon, Henry Thoreau, Alexander Wilson, Henry William Herbert
and thousands of other noble men, including George Washington, the father of our country, gently
dropped their lines in pleasant places," and, and, - "go thou and do like-wise brother".
The Angler's Guide by Charles Bradford
"Hand me the chum, ole' chummy, chum, chum!" - Anonymous
"The Basse is one of the best fishes in the Countrey, and though men are soone wearied with other
fish, yet are they never with Basse. It is a delicate, fine fat, fast fish, having a bone in his head,
which contains a sawcerfull of marrow, sweet and good, pleasant to the pallat, and wholesome to
the stomach. When there be a great store of them, we only eate the heads, and salt up the bodies
for winter."
(New England's Prospects, William Wood, London, 1634) - In The Encyclopedia of Fish Cookery Link to
Encyclopedia of Fish Cookery
"When her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip dined at the Waldorf in 1957, Claude Philippe,
with a Gallic regard for Americana, had prepared, 4,500 pounds of striped bass for the royal feast.
Monsieur Philippe, who currently heads the Lucullus Circle in New York, presented the fish with a
champagne sauce surrounded by golden fleurons. The bass had been caught a scant 24 hours before
in the salty waters of Montauk. Her Majesty pronounced the fish a culinary masterpiece, and
somehow it seemed that Captain John Smith had triumphed in the end."-
also In The Encyclopedia of Fish
"The striped bass, a fish that was in such decline along the
East Coast that it was totally protected in local waters until
just a few years ago, produced the second greatest number
of citations (Awarded by the State of Delaware for large
"trophy" fish caught in 1997) at 156."
by Bob Jones in the
Wilmington (DE) News Journal 6/10/98
"There is a fish called a Basse, a most sweet and wholesome fish as ever I did eat . . . altogether as
good as our fresh Sammon . . . . Our Fishers take many hundreds together ... yea, their Netts
ordinarily take more than they are able to haul to Land". -
Capt. John Smith
Quoted from D. S. Jordan and B. W. Evermann,
American Food and Game Fishes, Page 373,Doubleday, New York, 1903.
"The bird on the branch, the lily in the meadow, the stag in the forest, the fish in the sea, the
countless joyful creatures sing, God is Love. But beneath all these sopranos, as it were a sustained
bass part, is the De profundis of the Sacrificed, God is Love."   -  Kierkegaard, So«  ren Aabye
"I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better
with talent.  - Nick Lyons, Bright Rivers, 1977
"There is certainly something in angling that tends to
produce a serenity of the mind."  - Washington Irving
"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 gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing."  - Babylonian Proverb
"Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large striper goes home through
an alley."  -
"If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.      -
Doug Larson
"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore
like an idiot." -
Steven Wright
"Fishing is much more than fish.  It is the great occasion when we
may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.  -
Herbert Hoover
"Just as in cooking there's no such thing as a little garlic, in fishing
there's no such thing as a little drag."  
H.G. Tapply The Sportsman's Notebook
"I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger
significance. Now I like fishing because it's the one thing I can think
of that probably doesn't." -
John Gierach
"I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about
properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an
institution." -
  John Gierach
"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of that which is elusive
but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope”
- John Buchan
"If a striper angler returns from the water and states that he caught a large (or many) fish, he's
considered a liar . . . if he backs up his story with a picture, he's considered a braggard . . . .
Perhaps this explains why so many of us still prefer to go fishing alone!" -
Stripah luvah
"It's only an island if you look at it from the water" - JAWS 1975
Ian Kiraly - Walton, N.Y.  
May 9, 2007 -
 55 lbs. 8 ozs.
"You're not an idiot. Huh! You're not a goddamn looney now,
boy. You're a fisherman!" - McMurphy in One Flew Over The
Cuckoo's Nest.
"True Heaven can be found between the skin
and bones of a properly prepared Striped
I will quit fishing when the miracle of daybreak doesn't move
me anymore!" - Ziffy