You Caught What? The Funniest Fishing Fails We’ve Ever Seen

Published on 09/13/2018
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Hilarious Fishing Photos Were Glad Were Caught On Camera

You Caught What? The Funniest Fishing Fails We’ve Ever Seen


Fishing is a great past time for people of all ages. After all, we can’t imagine a better way to spend an afternoon than by hopping onto a fishing boat, heading out to the open waters, and throwing out a line. A cold beer and great company would make it even better. However, the people in these photos got more than what they bargained for when they went out to fish.

Not everyone will not be able to appreciate what the hobby has to offer since it requires a lot of patience and resilience. It is easy to see why some people think it is a boring hobby, but it can also be a relaxing and therapeutic activity. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that it is easy! Nope, that’s absolutely wrong as it can also be incredibly frustrating. After all, can you imagine sitting by the water holding a rod in your hand for hours without getting so much as a tug? However, it might not matter that much if you are accompanied by great friends and decent booze. With good company, you might not even be able to notice how quickly an entire day passes by! That’s how it is when you’re having fun, right? However, you will be able to enjoy a fishing trip even when you are all by yourself. In my personal experience, such trips are actually my favorite.

Oh, and we can’t talk about fishing without discussing bait. Most people will probably think about worms, but there is a plethora of options to choose from. We’re not talking about pastries and desserts, though that would surely make for a unique experience. Some fishermen have tried using things like dog food, raisins, and canned meat. We heard that even bubblegum works in a pinch! Would you ever try using these innovative baits?

You will find all sorts of things related to fishing in this slideshow. Some of the pictures here are hilarious and some are simply ingenious, but there are also some very questionable practices as well. Though we know that sometimes genius and idiocy are subjective concepts. We hope you are ready to laugh out loud at the things people were caught doing while out fishing!

Tough Choice

Wow, mad props to Eric for making a huge catch on that fishing trip! However, which one are we talking about? We’ll let you be the judge of that. We bet it must have been hard for him to choose which one to keep and which one to take out on a date.

Tough Choice

Tough Choice

Fishing The Loch Ness Monster

Victor thought nothing could go wrong when he decided to throw out a line in the Loch Ness. Has he never heard of the stories?! Well, it seemed like he would shortly realize that he got a little more than he bargained for.

Fishing The Loch Ness Monster

Fishing The Loch Ness Monster

Fishing In The Flood

Wherever there is water, there must be fish! We’re not exactly sure how real this phrase is, but this fellow over here sure seems convinced. But, when traffic is at a standstill and there’s water around you, what’s a guy to do?

Fishing In The Flood

Fishing In The Flood

Lobster Lady

Hey, we love lobster too but probably not as much as this lady does. She enjoys these little critters so much that she made it a personal mission to fetch them herself! It’s a little tragic that we only have two hands but that certainly didn’t stop her from catching more.

Lobster Lady

Lobster Lady

Lurking In The Shallows

Fish can sometimes outsmart humans, so don’t go thinking that these are stupid creatures! We bet that these fishermen were proud of themselves for coming up with the system. However, they severely underestimated the intelligence of fish!

Lurking In The Shallows

Lurking In The Shallows

Laws At Their Best

Ironic, right? But let’s give these people the benefit of the doubt. After all, every one of these men is facing the other way so perhaps they were unable to see the sign. Let’s not play the blame game here.

Laws At Their Best

Laws At Their Best

Net That

Fishing can be both fun and rewarding, but we know that it is potentially dangerous as well. For some people, this means going out into the open waters decked out in some protective gear. However, we’re not exactly sure what’s going on here. Any idea what the helmet net is for?

Net That

Net That

Duck Face? Fish Face

Remember that silly trend of posing for photos with duck faces? We’re glad that trend is dying out but have you heard of fish faces? It’s not exactly a thing yet but when it gets big, consider this guy the pioneer! An inquisitive fish and excellent timing are what you’ll need to join in on the fun.

Duck Face? Fish Face

Duck Face? Fish Face

No Fish Here

Apparently, there has been no fish to be caught in this lake for a long, long time now. And yet these men continue to meet up here on Saturday mornings! Rumor has it that another visitor might just be the thing they’re after.

No Fish Here

No Fish Here

Human Fishing Pole

It was too late when this pair realized that they forgot to take their fishing poles with them! They decided to try a new method of fishing to avoid making the 80 mile drive back empty-handed. We’re not sure how effective it was, but whatever works!

Human Fishing Pole

Human Fishing Pole

Fishing On The Rocks

You’d be surprised to know how many parking spaces there apparently are in the vast blue sea. Just take a look at this guy over here. Do you think he enjoyed the free parking this rock offers?

Fishing On The Rocks

Fishing On The Rocks

When Fishing Is Life

It’s probably not the most ideal sleeping arrangement, but sometimes all you have is your passion. For this guy, that refers to his fishing pole collection. Who knows if he’s any good! What matters here is his love for fishing poles.

When Fishing Is Life

When Fishing Is Life

Fish Flops

This sure is unusual, but we certainly hope that they aren’t real! The feet and fish combination doesn’t sound like it would be a treat for our noses. Regardless, this is some cool footwear.

Fish Flops

Fish Flops

When Life Gives You Lemons

Wow, we wish we were as optimistic as this guy! That’s dedication right there. We bet it’s hard, but kudos to him for his resourcefulness. I know, I know, it looks like any other pothole, but maybe he’s actually onto something.

When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

Brought The Baby Along

We adore good parents and it looks like these two have the art of parenting down to a ‘T’. Who says pleasure and parenting are mutually exclusive? Besides, no other way to go than to start ‘em young, right?

Brought The Baby Along

Brought The Baby Along

Long Lost Brother

We have all heard of touching stories about long lost siblings reuniting as grownups. But what if your twin isn’t even human? This guy finally reunited with his long lost brother, though it is from a different species altogether. That’s certainly a first.

Long Lost Brother

Long Lost Brother

Too Bad

Life is always so full of temptations, but sometimes it’s not always the wise thing to act on them. Sometimes it is literally impossible to do so! While this bridge is apparently a fishing hot spot, it might be best to follow the advice from management.

Too Bad

Too Bad

Saturday Is Saturday

This man’s dedication to his fishing hobby is truly something else! If he can commit to his Saturday fishing hobby for decades, you can do whatever you need to do. Old age isn’t a deterrent to fulfilling your commitments either!

Saturday Is Saturday

Saturday Is Saturday

Married To The Sea

Wow, that’s quite the dramatic sight! We love it. The best thing we can wish for for this bride is that her spouse is just as passionate about fishing as she is.

Married To The Sea

Married To The Sea

Sofa So Good

That must be the life! Sometimes, all you really need in life is a comfortable chair, a television, a cold drink, and the company of a good friend. Take everything to the open waters and you’re good to go. What a great way to spend the afternoon!

Sofa So Good

Sofa So Good

50/50 Risk

A little confusing, don’t you think? One seems to be inviting you to fish there and then, the other sign explicitly prohibits you from doing it. If you decide to take the risk, just make sure you don’t get caught!

50/50 Risk

50/50 Risk

Neck Deep

Could this be a new fishing trend that we missed? This is the first time we have ever heard of fishing while riding a giraffe, real or otherwise. Hmm, do you think these long-necked creatures can swim?

Neck Deep

Neck Deep

Real Reel Therapy

Remember when we said that fishing is potentially therapeutic? Well, look no further for any proof you need. The hobby is definitely a win-win! You have a great deal of relaxation AND you might even catch something for dinner.

Real Reel Therapy

Real Reel Therapy

New Level Fishing

Wow, not everyone has access to equipment like this one, but we certainly wish we did. These guys must be having a lot of fun up there! Do you think they specifically drove the truck out for this purpose?

New Level Fishing

New Level Fishing

Cat Fish

Go-getters are truly admirable! These cats know what they want and nothing will stop them from getting it. These fishermen practically delivered their dinner when they came up to the shore with their catch for the day.

Cat Fish

Cat Fish

It’s Personal

These days, you don’t even need an actual boat to fish! A little creativity goes a long way, especially if you enjoy fishing for some me-time. This raft works great for individuals who like fishing solo and you can build one at a fraction of the cost that fishing boats go for!

It’s Personal

It’s Personal

Almost Got It Right

Oops, it looks like someone got their instructions all bungled up. What’s going on here? We bet someone was asked to deliver this boat to the water, but they drove right into it! If you are tasked with a similar responsibility, make sure to face the other way.

Almost Got It Right

Almost Got It Right

This Is The Life

Seems like this guy here is living in a world of his own! We must admit that we’re a little jealous. He has his own pool, a beer, and a day of fishing ahead of him. When the water decided to go to him, he decided to take advantage of the situation.

This Is The Life

This Is The Life

Mermaid Friendly

This sign is nothing short of delightful. First of all, it instructs our canine friends to keep their masters on leashes. Second, it gives leeway to all creatures with feathers and gills. Mermaids must be having a field day!

Mermaid Friendly

Mermaid Friendly

His And Hers

Spending time together doesn’t always have to be so hard. Just take a look at the arrangement between this couple. They’re definitely not unnecessarily clingy. The guy is free to fish to his heart’s desire while she chats it up with her friends on her phone.

His And Hers

His And Hers

The Vikings Are Back

The Vikings remain steadfast in their dedication to fishing, apparently! We’re glad that these gentlemen are keeping the tradition alive. Sure, those shields look nothing like the original ones, but at least they put in some effort.

The Vikings Are Back

The Vikings Are Back

Fly Fishing

Let’s first clear up the confusion. This is not what they call fly fishing, but whatever works! Though we’re not exactly sure if this style of fishing has been proven effective…

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Don’t Catch Anything

You know that you’re in a fisherman’s house when you see this inside the bathroom! This is completely ingenious and whoever made this deserves kudos for recycling.

Don’t Catch Anything

Don’t Catch Anything

No Pole

We also mentioned how frustrating fishing can be as a hobby. It looks like that was definitely true for this dude. The large fish must have been smart enough to avoid the hooks so he decided to literally take matters into his own hands.

No Pole

No Pole

Man Overboard

Sometimes we think we’re so clever, only to be proven wrong by the universe. We have no doubt that was what happened here. Let’s hope that he has learned never to pull something like this again.

Man Overboard

Man Overboard

Very Practical

Fishermen love talking about their catch, but it can be a pain to bring a measuring tape on every single fishing trip. This guy here came up with a brilliant solution to the problem! After forgetting to bring his, he finally decided to make use of something he would not leave at home.

Very Practical

Very Practical

Creativity At Its Best

Another thing you might forget at home is your fishing bait! Yes, it’s an important part of the hobby but sometimes you’re too preoccupied to notice it’s not in your kit. That’s how these brilliant baits came into existence!

Creativity At Its Best

Creativity At Its Best

Bird’s Nest

Oof, this definitely ranks high when it comes to fishing pet peeves. Poor guy! All he ever wanted to do was spend a nice day and throw out a line. However, he ended up getting a bird’s nest of some sort!

Bird’s Nest

Bird’s Nest

Taking Advantage

This fellow must have been very eager to accompany his friends on their fishing trip for the very first time. When he was finally allowed to join them, he was given some very special tasks. Well, he did want to come, didn’t he?

Taking Advantage

Taking Advantage

First Catch

Nope, it was not the first time that this guy went out on a fishing expedition. It looks like it’s the first time for his dog, however! He must have been shocked to see his human companion reel in a fish from the water. Fishing is truly not for everyone.

First Catch

First Catch

No Matter What

He might be a little boy, but he’s already dedicated to finding the perfect catch. Nothing can stop him from becoming a great fisherman, it seems. Who needs diapers when you can just sit down on a bucket as you hold onto your reel?

No Matter What

No Matter What

What Did He Catch?

We’re not exactly sure what’s going on in here. Do you think that their toilet is full of fish? Let’s not forget to mention what they’re using for a bait! A dollar can certainly go a long way, but we’re not sure if it has any advantages when fishing.

What Did He Catch

What Did He Catch

Look Twice

We bet you took a double take when you first saw this picture. Nope, the man did not catch a big fish with a small man right on top of it. Sometimes perspective can make for truly excellent photos. No Photoshop needed for this one!

Look Twice

Look Twice

Not Quite

Yeah, we don’t think this guy knows how fishing actually works. It’s a good thing that he was able to catch a fish, but holding a gun up to it is not exactly the standard operating procedure.

Not Quite

Not Quite

Human Fishing

Fishing is occasionally confusing in the sense that it is difficult to determine which end of the line was able to make the catch. It’s hard to say who caught whom here, but this is an excellent photo nonetheless.

Human Fishing

Human Fishing

No Worries

Wow, how ironic was it that the boat was called “No Worries”? We wonder if they were able to remain chill as the boat began sinking. What a huge misnomer the name turned out to be!

No Worries

No Worries

Ice Fishing

This is not what ice fishing looks like, but things like this can’t be helped if you live somewhere cold. We sure hope that this little guy is still alive.

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

Getting Stuck In

As a word of advice, do not take your trucks if you wish to participate in some good old ice fishing. Let this image serve as a warning! It even looks like it’s been there for quite some time, judging by the way it’s half-way submerged.

Getting Stuck In

Getting Stuck In

Catch And Then Caught

This lady here must have been proud to make her first catch! A moment like this definitely deserves to be photographed. She might look good, but the fish suddenly decided that it was not ready for the camera just yet.

Catch And Then Caught

Catch And Then Caught

All The Help He Could Get

Fishing alone is not always ideal, as this man probably found out. Oh well, it’s a good thing that nature was able to help out with his problem. We bet this moose made for some excellent company.

All The Help He Could Get

All The Help He Could Get

Lunch In 5,4,3…

You’re looking at a food chain right there! This guy might have thought that he was lucky, but the fellow behind him must be feeling the same way. If only we had a way to find out about what happened next.

Lunch In 5 4 3…

Lunch In 5 4 3…

He Caught The Most

Fishing can still be accomplished when you are nowhere near the water. That’s something that this man can prove. If you take a look at his loot, he definitely wins the highest number of catch.

He Caught The Most

He Caught The Most

Last Man Standing

This man was stubborn enough to go ice fishing despite the warnings about global warming. He probably felt like the last man on the planet when he found himself in this situation!

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

Getting Ahead

Remember when we said that fishing rewards patient people? Well, not everyone has time to spare! This dude decided to dive into the water, though we don’t recommend doing it the same way.

Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead

Catch Of The Day

That sure is a huge catch! However, we’re certain that the fishing pole is not the right equipment for the job at hand. He might have had to ask for help later on, but we can’t deny the fact that he had the biggest catch among his friends.

Catch Of The Day

Catch Of The Day

When You Show Up Early

When you’re rushing for a morning meeting, make sure that you have all of your clothes on! This is the epitome of arriving too early while still in a groggy fog! Don’t forget to pull up your pants and button up a shirt before showing up.

When You Show Up Early

When You Show Up Early

Mom Look What I Caught

This little kid was given a fishing net, but let us just say that they weren’t cut out for the fishing life. Maybe it’s an act of rebellion on their part, who knows! If it was, this was definitely an effective way to let their father know how they feel about what they were doing.

Mom Look What I Caught

Mom Look What I Caught

Dry Land Fishing

Do you ever see a photo on the Internet that makes absolutely no sense? This is one such image. With water nowhere in sight, where could she have possibly caught the fish?

Dry Land Fishing

Dry Land Fishing

Breakfast With A View

A great breakfast is the best way to start your day. A beautiful view definitely doesn’t hurt, either. After eating his brekkie, we’re sure that this guy here is ready for a day of fishing!

Breakfast With A View

Breakfast With A View

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