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Entry from March 27, 2012
“A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work”

"A bad day (of) fishing is better than a good day of work” has been put on gift items (such as bumper stickers, T-shirts and signs) since at least 1986. “A bad day fishing is better than the best day at the office” has been cited in print since at least 1984.

A 1986 citation (below) claims that Sir Izaak Walton’s classic work, The Compleat Angler (1653), contains the line “A bad Daye fishing always beats a goode Daye of Worke,” but the saying does not appear in Walton’s book.

Another work/fishing saying is “Work is for people who don’t know how to fish.”


The Quote Garden
Quotations about Fishing
A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.  ~Author Unknown

1 July 1984, Springfield (MA) Sunday Republican, “Why fish don’t bite” by Frank Sousa, pg. D11, col. 3:
THE DAY WAS a success as well, as we understood that a bad day fishing is better than the best day at the office.

Google Books
Pennsylvania Outdoors
Volumes 5-6
1986
Pg. 65:
In The Compleat Angler (1653), Sir Izaak Walton theorized that “A bad Daye fishing always beats a goode Daye of Worke.”

Google Books
The Michigan Natural Resources Magazine
Volume 55
1986
Pg. 68:
The thought reminded him of a sign he’d seen taped to someone’s office wall: “A bad day of fishing beats a good day of work.”

Google Books
The Woodenboat
1986
Pg. 25:
They had gun racks in the rear windows and dog cages in the back and bumper stickers proclaiming such truths as “Flamin’ Harry’s Harley- Davidson, Hot American Steel” and “A Bad Day of Fishing Is Still Better than a Good Day of Work.

27 September 1986, The Cobb County Times (GA), “The Judds do love their work” by Jim Lewis (United Press International), pg. 8E, col. 2
Wynonna’s mom, Naomi Judd, piped in with one of her old sayings, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.”

Google News Archive
16 April 1987, Record-Journal (Meriden, CT), “Angling action isn’t limited to trout opening day” by Mike Roberts, pg. D10, col. 6:
And for those who were not as successful during this “day of days” for fishermen, remember, “A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!”

Google News Archive
23 August 1987, Record-Journal (Meriden, CT), pg. D9, col. 4:
Some Long Island Sound advice this time of year is to spend a few fishing days ...
Battling the blues

(...)
Remember, a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work.

Google Books
April 1989, Boys’ Life, pg. 22, col. 1:
Patrick stared at David for a minute and said, “Look at it this way, David, a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at school.”

31 May 1992, The State (Columbia, SC), “Looking for something to do? Go fish,” pg. 11C:
Bumper sticker philosophy says it all: “A bad day fishing is better than a good day working.”

New York (NY) Times
ATLANTA CITY; Storm? What Storm?
By BILL KENT
Published: August 30, 1998
(...)
His wife, Regina, likes the casinos, ‘’so I’ll probably take her to one of them a little later on,’’ Mr. Ford said. ‘’For me, bring on the peace, the quiet and the fish. The way I see it, even a bad day of fishing beats a good day of work, and this is turning into a good day.’’

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • (14) Comments • Tuesday, March 27, 2012 • Permalink


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as we understood that a bad day fishing is better than the best day at the office.  THE DAY WAS a success as well,

Posted by langweilig  on  05/20  at  07:22 AM

Daye fishing always beats a goode Daye of Worke.

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Posted by Aaron Benjamin  on  07/03  at  04:03 AM

“A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work”

I think this means that fishing is way better than work, since work can be quite stressful while fishing could be fun and totally exciting.

Posted by Members Alliance  on  07/03  at  09:58 PM

I’m really happy to read this article, cause my today is awful. I have to work all day and all night so i do not have any free time. I hope my day will have a good finish…

Posted by Petra Budapest  on  07/17  at  10:31 AM

I chuckle a bit every time I see these bumper stickers.  grin

Posted by Bernie  on  07/20  at  10:27 PM

Yes , he should also add “Work smart not hard so you have more time for fishing” wink

Posted by smallbusinesstoolkit  on  09/02  at  05:55 AM

I think this means that fishing is way better than work, since work can be quite stressful while fishing could be fun and totally exciting.

Posted by Stephen  on  10/03  at  04:38 AM

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