Alex had a terrible day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the fishmonger and ordered four rainbow trout. He told the
fishmonger, 'Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?' 'Why do you want me to throw them at you?'
Asked the salesman?' So that I am able to tell my wife, in all honesty, that I caught them.'
said Alex. 'Okay, but I suggest that
you take the salmon.' Why's
that? 'Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take salmon. That's
what she'd like for supper tonight',
the fishmonger with a grin.
'Do you really believe your husband when he
tells you he goes fishing every weekend?' Asks Vicky's best friend,
Myra. 'Why shouldn't I, Myra?' responds Vicky. 'Well, maybe he is having
an affair?' comments Myra. 'No way,' laughs Vicky, 'he never comes home
with any fish.'
A customer at Stingray Fishmongers marvelled at the owner's
quick wit and intelligence. 'Tell me, Simon, what makes you so smart?' 'I wouldn't
share my secret with just anyone, 'Simon replies,
lowering his voice so the other shoppers won't
But since you're a good and faithful customer, I'll let you in on it. Fish heads. You eat enough of them, you'll be positively brilliant.' 'You sell them
the customer asks. 'Only $4 apiece', says Simon. The customer buys three. A week later, he's
back in the store complaining that the fish heads were disgusting and he isn't
any smarter. 'You
eat enough, 'says Simon. The customer goes home with 20 more fish heads. Two weeks later, he's
back and this time he's
really angry. 'Hey, Simon, 'he complains, 'you're selling me fish heads for $4 a
piece when I can buy the whole fish for $2. you're ripping me off!' 'You see?' says
Simon, 'you're smarter already.'
Did you know that the swiftest fish in the ocean is the sailfish?
It can reach speeds of over 65 mph (100 km per hour). Normally they
are 5 to 10 ft (1.5 to 3.2 m) long.
We've never seen a sailfish this small, and neither had Captain Rich of
the Southbound Charter in Key West
After a Tuesday fishing on the River Test, near Southampton in Southern England, Trevor is walking from the pier carrying two brown trout in a bucket. He is approached by a Water Conservation Officer
who asks him for his fishing license. Trevor replies to the environmentalist, 'I was not fishing and I did not catch these brown trout, they are my pets. Every day I come down to the water and put these fish
into the water and take them for a walk to the end of the pier and back. When I'm ready to go I whistle and they jump back into the bucket and we go home. The officer, obviously, does not believe him and he
reminds Trevor that it is illegal to fish without a license. The fisherman turns to the warden and says, 'If you don't
believe me then watch, 'and he throws the trout back into the water. The warden says, 'Now whistle to your fish and show me that they will jump out of the water and into the bucket.' The fisherman turns to the officer and says, 'What fish?'
Tish, the world's oldest known goldfish, was 43. In later life, Tish
faded from his natural bright orange to a more distinguished silver. His
owner said the secret of Tish's long life was not being overfed and being
placed in the sun occasionally. He was won at a funfair in Doncaster in 1956 and buried in a yoghurt pot
in the garden of his owner's garden in Thirsk, Yorkshire, England in 1999.
Joan Higgins, aged 66, has been selling pets and fishing tackle for years
from her shop in Sale, Manchester, England. Then one day an officer
from the trading standards department decided to lure her into selling a
goldfish to an underage boy. The first point about this surreal case is that it does not seem
unreasonable for a 14 year old to buy a goldfish. You can understand
the police setting up 'sting' operations for shops selling cigarettes or
booze to underage youths, but why are they wasting £20,000 on operations to
trap shopkeepers selling goldfish? So far, so bad - but it gets worse, the magistrate fined Mrs Higgins
£1,000, presumably as an example to other shopkeepers. If you are
struggling to believe the story up to this point, then you will be
incredulous with the sting in the tail, 66 year old Mrs Higgins was told to
wear an electronic tag and was made the subject of a curfew order normally
reserved for violent repeat offenders. Why was it necessary in this
case? We wonder if Mr Iain Veitch, head of public protection at Trafford
Council, is sane when he said: 'Let this conviction send out a message that
we will not tolerate those who cause unnecessary suffering to animals. The
council will always try to support pet and business owners so that they are
able to care for their animals properly, but where they continually ignore
the advice they are given, we will not hesitate to use our statutory
powers.' In case you are wondering, no animals were hurt in this true story; the
goldfish was adopted by an animal welfare officer.
Mrs Baker wanted to go ice fishing. She had read
several books on the subject, and finally, after getting all the necessary equipment together, she made her way out onto the ice. After positioning her comfy stool, she started to make a circular cut in the
ice. Frighteningly, from up above, a voice boomed, 'There are no fish under the ice.'
Startled, Mrs Baker moved farther down the ice, poured herself a large coffee, and began to cut yet another hole. Again, from the heavens, the voice bellowed, 'There are no fish under the ice.'
Mrs Baker, now became very concerned so she moved way down to the opposite end of the ice, set up her stool, and began again to
cut her ice-hole. The voice rang out once more, 'There are no fish under the ice.'
Mrs Baker, stopped, looked upwards and said, 'Is that you, Lord?' The voice replied, 'No, this is the Ice-Rink Manager.'
Ian Welch, an angler from Aldershot, Hampshire, England, has landed a
record stingray while fresh water fishing. Ian, a biologist was working on
the Mae Klong river, in western Thailand. Will and Guy have learned that this rare giant stingray, weighing 55
stone, took some 90 minutes to land and 13 men to heave it out of the water.
Ian commented, 'It dragged me across the boat and would have pulled me in,
had my colleague not grabbed my trousers.' The giant freshwater ray is listed as a vulnerable species by the
International Union for Conservation of Nature. This particular one was 7ft
long and wide, with a tail of 10ft; it had its venomous barb wrapped in
cloth on the bank. The ray was placed in a children's paddling pool to
allow the marine biologists to take its DNA, tag it and return it to the
water. Mr Welch delighted us with his next statement that, 'I was exhausted
afterwards. I did very little for the rest of the day - and just had a cold
Five Short, Funny, and Surprising Fishy Tales
We have heard that when Dutchman Cor Stoop leaned over the side of
his fishing boat, his false teeth fell into the North Sea. He never
thought that he'd see them again. Apparently three months later another
fisherman found the dentures inside the stomach of a cod.
A businessman who lost his mobile phone on a beach was amazed when
it turned up - in the belly of a giant cod.[fisherman Glen Kerley said
he'd found the phone in a 25lb fish.]
The blue-stoned class ring of Joe Richardson, engraved with his
name, turned up inside an 8-pound bass 21 years after he lost it while
fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn, USA. The finder has remained anonymous.
A gold ring turned up inside the belly of a fish caught by an angler
off Fort Victoria, near Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK.
Biologists at the University of Manchester, England, want help in
cracking their "miracle" discovery of three fish inside a sealed egg.
The group found the duck egg in a small pond on a field trip to the
French Alps and noticed something moving inside it. When they cracked
open the shell, three live minnows were inside. They have enlisted the
help of other experts, but despite their extensive combined knowledge,
the biologists admit they are "baffled".