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Pearls of Fishing Wisdom

The following are Pearls of Fishing Wisdom by Chickenboy

No sunrise or sunset is the same, thank you God.

I threw my lure and caught a passing seagull; that bird almost poked my eyes out before she was freed; but she was freed.  She was there first.

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.

Ninety percent of the fish are caught in the first ten seconds the hook hits the water.

Run your fingers over your fishing line 3 to 4 feet from the hook periodically, you will be glad you did.

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work is a lie, two bad days fishing are better than one good day at work.

Your anchor rope will always be messed up and in knots when you need it the most.

Sometimes when I am out on the water and see the splendor of God, tears form in my eyes.

Never use your turn at the boat ramp to launch your boat as a time to prepare everything.

When my best fishing buddy and I go fishing together, we hardly speak to each other.

A passing boat came way to close to me and violated my fishing spot, I was furious, I wanted to throw my heaviest lure at them, I wanted to chase them down, I chose to do neither.

Want some entertainment?  Hang out at a boat ramp.

Many times I catch my most fish in the worst weather conditions.


The big one always gets away, that is a fact, I didn’t make the rules.

If you can’t keep your lures you use in your pocket or a small bag, then you were the one that got caught.

Watch the birds; they can see what you can’t see.

The more you go fishing, the more fish you will catch.

Spring, summer, fall or winter, fish year round, the fish are always in the water.

Keep your hook in the water; you will catch more fish that way. 

Skinny water = big fish.

The older I get, the more I love to go fishing, and the less I care whether I catch anything.

Told my family, when I die, spread my ashes over my favorite fishing spot.

When you take a novice fishing and they ask why they are not biting, a reply is not necessary.

Sometimes I catch my limit too quickly.

Many times I am out on the water and I can’t see a single soul, I ask myself why?

I kept the biggest flounder I ever caught, never again, please forgive me.

Every time I am out on the water I learn something different.

My Dad taught me to fish as a small child, I will be eternally grateful.

When you are one or two fish from catching your limit, never call someone and tell them that, it will now take 3 to 4 times longer to limit out, if ever.

I fish therefore I am.

Every fisherman that passes by me in their boat, always waves.

If you see a boater in distress, God put you there for a reason.

Preparing your lines is an art.


Check your drag, and then check it again ever so often.

If your work interferes with your fishing, quit working.

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. – W Irvin.

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

God does not deduct from man’s allotted life span the hours spent in fishing. – Babylonian Proverb

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

 Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish, goes home the back way.

The fish always have home field advantage.

Sunrise, Sunset - that is when I catch my most fish.

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

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

Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth 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. – C Clark

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

Good things come to those that bait.

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.

Men and fish are alike.  They both get in trouble when they open their mouth.

A woman, who has never seen her husband fishing, doesn’t know what a patient man she married.

An old fisherman lives here, with the catch of his life.

Born to fish, forced to work.

Early to bed, early to rise, fish all day, make up lies.

Fish or cut bait.

Fish stories told here, some true.

Fish tremble at the sound of my name.

Fishing isn’t a matter of life and death, it’s much more important.

I don’t exaggerate, I just remember big.

I only fish on days that end in “Y”.

Old fishermen never die, they just smell that way.

You can separate the men from the boys by the size of their rods.

Fishermen have more fun than people do.

A man and his boat do not need to be justified.

I pray my wife never sells my fishing equipment for what I said I paid for it.

I’ve spent my whole life fishing in the wrong hole.

If fishing is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

I am a man of few words, “Let’s Fish”.

I am sorry I am late; fishing takes a lot of time.


I woke up tired and irritable, she went back to sleep, I went fishing.

If you can’t fish with the big boys, keep your butt on the dock.

Eat, sleep, breathe – fish.

Stop bitchin’ and start fishin’.

So many fish, so little time.

Fish too much? Can’t be done.

It is always best just before you get there, and right after you leave.

If you wish to be happy for eight days, kill your pig and eat it.  If you wish to be happy for a lifetime, learn to fish.  – Chinese Proverb

After all these years, I still feel like a boy when I’m on a stream or lake.  – Jimmy Carter


For the angler, fishing produces a deep, unspoken joy, born of longing for that which is quiet and peaceful, and fostered by an inbred love of communing with nature.  -  T Norris

The two best times to go fishing are when it’s raining and when it’s not.

I now believe that fishing is far more important than the fish. – A Gingrich

Why do people go fishing?  Some say they fish to get fish.  This is obviously false.  – J Randolph

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fish come and go, but it is the memory of afternoons on the stream that endures.  – E D Thomas

If a man fishes hard, what is he going to do easy?  - R Blount Jr

No fisherman ever fishes as much as he wants to. – G Norman

If you take you boat in the shallow water, know where the reefs and other obstacles are.

Man can learn a lot from fishing.  When the fish are biting, no problem in the world is big enough to be remembered. – O Battista

Watch the cows on the way to the water, if they are spread out all over the pasture, you will catch fish that day.  If the cows are all clumped together, chances are you won’t catch much.  But, go fishin’ anyway.

Ten percent of the water holds ninety percent of the fish.

Ten percent of the fishermen catch ninety percent of the fish.

When the winds in the East, fish bite the least;

When the winds in the West, you catch even less;

When the winds in the South, fish go nil by mouth;

When the winds in the North, it’s cold.

The hardest part of fishing is learning to read the water.  – G Norman


Learn to visualize the bay without the water.

Prepare your tackle.  When you hook a big fish, it is impossible to retie a knot or change a leader. – J Chapralais

The joy of fishing is not limited to the time on the water.

Fishing equipment is fun.

Less is more, if you know what you are doing.

The greatest fishing secret ever?  Patience.  – D J Anderson

Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.  – Herbert Hoover

God helps those that persevere.

You can’t catch a fish on a dry line.

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hasty fisherman loses the fish.

Don’t clean your fish before you catch them.

A thousand fishing trips go by, indistinguishable from one another, and then suddenly one comes along that is fatefully perfect. – A J McClane

Nature is the art of God.  – Dante

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.  – Hippocrates

Fishing to me is only an excuse to be near the water.

If you instill in your child a love of the outdoors and an appreciation of nature, you will have given him a treasure no one can take away.  – T Trueblood

A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once. – L Wulff

Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man. – Herbert Hoover

God is the friend of silence.  – Mother Teresa

No matter how good you get at fishing, you will never land every fish that you hook.

Fishermen are an optimistic class or they would not be fishermen.  – Herbert Hoover

In all things be like the tide, consistent, it goes out and comes in everyday.

Lord, suffer me to catch a fish so large that even I in talking of it afterward shall have no need to lie.

The preposterous luck of a beginner is well known to all fishermen.  It is an inexplicable thing.  – Z Grey

They can because they think they can. – Virgil

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realists adjust the sails. – W Ward

When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful morning, I thank God I’m alive. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fishing keeps us – part of us anyway – boys forever. – G Norman

I don’t want to sit at the head table anymore.  I want to go fishing. – George H Bush

They call it fishing, but when you fish with a chickenboy lure, they call it catching.

If fishing is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish.  – Ernest Hemingway

You can learn a lot about someone when the fish are not biting.

You can learn a lot about someone when the fish are biting.

Shut up and fish!

Where there is structure, there is fish.

It’s always cheaper to buy fish at the supermarket.  And your point is?

Do you know why banks will finance a boat longer than a car?  A boat will last you a lifetime.

When I was 13, my Dad use to take me trotline fishing on the Lake O’ Pines in Deep East Texas and one night we caught a 30 lb and a 31 lb catfish on 2 hooks side by side.  Then next night we caught a 24 lb catfish and another of our huge hooks was straightened by one that got away.  My Dad said that was “Cosmo”.  When we got home I wrote my Dad a poem as a tribute to him and to “Cosmo”, the one that got away.  It goes like this:

Cosmo is his name

Robbing hooks is his game

The bait must be just alive

Or he will take another dive

He’s outsmarted many a fisherman

But I won’t quit ‘till he is in the frying pan

Ever notice how many people take their dog fishing?  I have never seen anyone that took their cat.

Never pee in your waders unless you borrowed them from the guy who is bragging about out fishing you.

You will always get a bite when digging out a backlash.

You should have been with us yesterday.


Help beginners.

You can’t catch fish with the motor running.

Have boat will travel.

You can learn fishing techniques on an internet chat forum.   You can learn where to catch fish on an internet chat forum.  But you cannot catch fish on an internet chat forum.

Never loan a rod that you can’t live with coming back shorter or in two pieces.

Take time to listen to those older than you.

A boatless man is bound.

Golf:  Why play a game that considers water a hazard.

Hook a kid on fishing.

If you don’t go, you will never know.

It is impossible to catch fish with the boat in the driveway.

Fish always lose a pound and shrink at least an inch when they hit the ice chest.

Business is like fishing.  The big fish eats the little fish and the fast fish eats the slow fish.

The wind will die down in a little bit.

When you are offshore, you are no longer at the top of the food chain.

Lighten up on that drag.

Sometimes a fisherman doesn’t catch anything until he gets home.

Some fishermen, in telling a fish story, will go to great lengths.

Some catch fish; other just feed them.

Do fish lie about the fisherman they got away from?


Take a lesson from fish:  You won’t get caught if you keep your mouth shut.

Learn to read the water.

Don’t stare at the seagulls overhead.

Most stingray guards are bought too late.

So many fish, so little time.

Life vests don’t work in storage.

He who leaves plug out, sinks boat!

From someone with a 16 foot jon boat.  The boat does not catch the fish – only the fisherman does.

Shuffle your feet while wading.

Always bring an extra rod and reel.

Vienna sausage and crackers will get you through the day.

Fortunate is the boy whose Father takes him fishing.

Lucky is the man who learns how to fish.

Luckier is the man who catches fish.

Grateful is the man whose friend invites him to go fishing.

Happy is the man when he gets rid of his first boat.

Happy is the man when he buys his second boat.

The best part about going fishing, is going fishing.

I think those dark clouds will miss us.

In order to taste good a fish must swim three times.  First in water, then in butter, and then in lemon.

If weathermen fished, the weather prediction would always be right.

Fish don’t care if it is raining, they are already wet.

I enjoyed the night of preparation almost as much as the day of fishing.

Fishing ain’t cheap, but it is cheaper than therapy.

Learning how to fish will teach you how to cuss.

There are 3 kinds of people, those that talk about it, those that watch it, and those that do it. 

When one of those cold Northerners blows in and sucks the water out of the bay, then go fishing anyway or at least stand on the side of the road and observe the unseen structures for future use.

My goal is to fish more at night. 

Ever notice, that folks fishing from the bank try to throw as far away from the bank as possible, whereas, folks fishing from a boat try to throw as close to bank as possible. 

Never leave fish to find fish.

Don't drink a lot of coffee and then put your waders on.

You ain't fishing unless you're fishing with a chickenboy.

Next time you go fishing, you'll be wishing you were fishing with a chickenboy.




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