Friday Five: Fishing

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 23rd, 2013

The ocean of music has eleventy zillion songs about fishing, but we can only reel in five. Cast your opinion on your favorite fishing songs below: you don’t even need a license.

5. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Fishin’ in the Dark”

This classic song was released back in 1987 and went to Number One. Did you know that Emerson Drive and Garth Brooks released versions of it as well?

 

4. Robert Earl Keen – “Five Pound Bass”

As Keen explains in the video, while the bass in question started out as a literal interpretation, it went on to be a metaphor for anything that was good in life. Here’s hoping you catch your five pound bass soon.

 

3. Craig Morgan – “Fish Weren’t Bitin’”

This Ole Boy finds a better use for his time than sitting by the water when the fish aren’t cooperating.

 

2. David Lee Murphy – “Fish Ain’t Biting”

Murphy’s 1994 single comparing the dating game to fishing went to number 52 on the charts. Subsequent singles in “Party Crowd” and “Dust on the Bottle” did a little better.

 

1. Andy Griffith – “The Fishin’ Hole”

Because the theme to The Andy Griffith Show used only the whistling portion of this song, many folks don’t know it was a full-length song with lyrics about…you guessed it: fishing.

  1. Dave D.
    August 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Favorite song primarily about fishing: Big Whiskers – Otis Gibbs

    Favorite song that mentions fishing: Hands on the Wheel – Willie Nelson

  2. Henry
    August 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for inlcuding “The Fishin’ Hole”; that was the first fishing song that came to mind.
    Rebecca Lynn Howard’s “Out Here in the Water,” from her eponymous first album also deals with reeling in a few different species of big ones.

  3. Jack Williams
    August 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Fishin’ Blues – Henry Thomas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVdpXdpzvYY

  4. Andrew
    August 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Tracy Byrd – “Saltwater Cowboy”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ8QWHNfdlI

  5. Barry Mazor
    August 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Well, Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her” oughta be mentioned.

    There are whole albums of country songs about fishin’ y’know…Like “All Gone Fishin'” with Bobby Bare, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Lorrie Morgan, etc:

    http://www.amazon.com/All-Gone-Fishin-Various-Artists/dp/B000FZE3S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377285742&sr=8-1&keywords=All+Gone+Fishin

  6. Arlene
    August 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    John Prine’s “Fish and Whistle”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdzdEQOHL_I

    Woody Guthrie’s “Talking Fishing Blues”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH618RszIlM

  7. bob
    August 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Danny O’Keefe, best known for “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues”, had a song called “Catfish” on his Breezy Stories album.

  8. Luckyoldsun
    August 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Well, if we’re talking fishing songs, one of the best is “The Fishing Song” by the late, great Stoney Edwards.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E676WhKnuhE

    And here’s a plug for a current song!: “We’re All In the Same Boat” by Diffie, Kershaw and Tippin.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FYd5uX-0h4

  9. Rick
    August 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Two of my favorites are:

    “Shut Up and Fish” by JR and the Roadkill Choir

    and

    “Us Dogs Like Fishing Too” by female Aussie bush balladeer Anita Ree (Joey+Rory have actually +heard this one if they ever listened to the compilation CD I gave to them in LA a few years ago at a Vanguard label sponsored concert).

    Regarding Barry’s comments above: I’m not a Brad Paisley fan but I do enjoy hearing “I’m Gonna Miss Her” now and then. Definitely one of the best fishing theme songs ever!

    Ooops! I almost forgot about Hank III’s “Mississippi Mud” which focuses on both fishing and drinking! (lol)

  10. Luckyoldsun
    August 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    If an alligator qualifies as a fish, then the greatest fishing song of all-time is Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses.”

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