"The fishing frog is three to five feet long. It has an enormous mouth, armed with numerous pointed teeth. It is exceedingly voracious, and has been known to seize a cod just as it was being drawn out of the water by a hook, and only let go its hold on receiving a severe blow upon the head." — Goodrich, 1859

Angler

"The fishing frog is three to five feet long. It has an enormous mouth, armed with numerous pointed…

Assorted fishing lines, hooks and lures.

Angling

Assorted fishing lines, hooks and lures.

Assorted hooks for fly-fishing.

Angling

Assorted hooks for fly-fishing.

Any substance used to catch fish.

Bait

Any substance used to catch fish.

"Seine-boat. A boat specially designed or used for holding, carrying, or paying out a seine" (a large fishing net). -Whitney, 1911

Seine Boat

"Seine-boat. A boat specially designed or used for holding, carrying, or paying out a seine" (a large…

An illustration of a boy with a fishing pole and a tackle bag.

Boy with Fishing Gear

An illustration of a boy with a fishing pole and a tackle bag.

The Brook, a painting by Thomas Gainsborough.

The Brook

The Brook, a painting by Thomas Gainsborough.

A cast net, also called a throw net, is a net used for fishing. It is a circular net with small weights distributed around its edge.

Cast Net

A cast net, also called a throw net, is a net used for fishing. It is a circular net with small weights…

This image depicts a woman catching live sardines in San Sebastian, Spain.

Woman Catching Live Sardines

This image depicts a woman catching live sardines in San Sebastian, Spain.

"Electric-bell indicator for fishing [when installing home wiring systems]." —Croft 1915

Electric-bell Indicator

"Electric-bell indicator for fishing [when installing home wiring systems]." —Croft 1915

A hook for catching fish.

Fish-hook

A hook for catching fish.

A fisherman harpooning the sword-fish.

Fisherman

A fisherman harpooning the sword-fish.

Hook baited with worm.

Fishing

Hook baited with worm.

Hook baited with worm.

Fishing

Hook baited with worm.

A boy fishing

Fishing

A boy fishing

A child fishing.

Fishing

A child fishing.

A boy fishing.

Fishing

A boy fishing.

Fishing from a Sail-boat.

Fishing

Fishing from a Sail-boat.

An illustration of a young boy standing on the shore of a lake fishing with a cane pole.

Boy Fishing with Cane Pole

An illustration of a young boy standing on the shore of a lake fishing with a cane pole.

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

Fishing, Black and White

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

Fishing, Color

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

Fishing, Outline

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

An illustration of two men in a small sail boat fishing for sharks.

Shark Fishing

An illustration of two men in a small sail boat fishing for sharks.

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

Fishing, Silhouette

This sign indicates that fishing is permitted nearby.

An illustration of two young boys; one is fishing, the other is sitting on a fence.

Young Boys Fishing

An illustration of two young boys; one is fishing, the other is sitting on a fence.

A net that catches fish with gill covers in the mesh of the net. This illustration shows a gill-net anchored for cod and labels the parts: 1) Nets, 2) Buoys, 3) Anchor lines, 4) Anchors.

Gill-net

A net that catches fish with gill covers in the mesh of the net. This illustration shows a gill-net…

A spear or javelin used to strike and kill large fish, as whales; used for fishing.

Harpoon

A spear or javelin used to strike and kill large fish, as whales; used for fishing.

"These fishermen chanced a large haul to make, / Were fearful lest the fish their net would break; / Down in the water plunge, make sure their net, / The fish they seize; they care not for the wet."—Barber, 1857

He That Would Catch Fish, Must Not Mind Getting Wet

"These fishermen chanced a large haul to make, / Were fearful lest the fish their net would break; /…

A fixed trap that fish can easily find their way into, but cannot easily find their way out. This particular weir pictured controls the channel between islands and is common along the coast of Maine.

Herring Weir

A fixed trap that fish can easily find their way into, but cannot easily find their way out. This particular…

A caricature showing an old man dressed up like a king, fishing.

Kingfisher

A caricature showing an old man dressed up like a king, fishing.

An old fishing rod and lure.

Old Fishing Rod

An old fishing rod and lure.

A man fishing for pearls.

Pearl Fisher

A man fishing for pearls.

This net employs a 'Leader', 'Heart', 'Fore Bay', and 'Pound'. Each of these apparatus are constructed with a fence 15 to 18 feet deep. The Heart resembles the figure of the same name, and is placed so that the Leader passes into the notch a few feet. The Fore Bay (often omitted) is a second heart-shaped enclosure built on from the point of the heart. The Pound is a large circular net covering the bottom and sides of the enclosure into which there is only one entrance from the Fore Bay or Heart. This illustration shows the Leader at right, the Heart in the middle, and the Pound at left.

Pound Net

This net employs a 'Leader', 'Heart', 'Fore Bay', and 'Pound'. Each of these apparatus are constructed…

A 'purse' seine is a form of fishing net that is paid out around a school of fish, like a cylinder with no top or bottom. When drawn in, the bottom closes, forming a bag from which the fish cannot escape. Figure 1 in this illustration shows the separate parts of the purse seine: A and J, arms of the net; B and I, wings; C, D, K, and L, border of stout twine; F, bailing piece (or bunt); E and G, sides; H, under.
Figure 2 shows a diagram of the form a a purse seine spread in the water.

Purse-seine

A 'purse' seine is a form of fishing net that is paid out around a school of fish, like a cylinder with…

Reynard the Fox teaches Ereswine the wolf to fish with her tail. She fishes so long that her tail freezes in the frozen lake.

Reynard the Fox: Tricking Ereswine at the Lake

Reynard the Fox teaches Ereswine the wolf to fish with her tail. She fishes so long that her tail freezes…

This fisher boy sculpture depicts a boy going fishing, holding his net. It was sculpted by Hiram Powers an American sculptor.

Fisher Boy Sculpture

This fisher boy sculpture depicts a boy going fishing, holding his net. It was sculpted by Hiram Powers…

Simple Simon went a-fishing for to catch a whale. All the water he had got was in his mother's pail.

Simple Simon

Simple Simon went a-fishing for to catch a whale. All the water he had got was in his mother's pail.

A weight used to force a lure or bait to increase its rate of sink, anchoring ability, and/or casting distance.

Fishing Sinker

A weight used to force a lure or bait to increase its rate of sink, anchoring ability, and/or casting…

A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish, for fishing.

Fishing Spear

A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish, for fishing.

"Grains with Five Prongs. GRAIN. An iron instrument with four or more barbed points, and a line attached to it, used at sea for striking and taking fish." -Whitney, 1911

Grain Spear

"Grains with Five Prongs. GRAIN. An iron instrument with four or more barbed points, and a line attached…

An illustration of men collecting sponges.

Sponge Fishing

An illustration of men collecting sponges.

The hunting and fishing symbol was designed by Stuck of Munich, Germany.

Hunting and Fishing Symbol

The hunting and fishing symbol was designed by Stuck of Munich, Germany.

An illustration of a woman fishing while sitting upon a log.

Woman Fishing

An illustration of a woman fishing while sitting upon a log.