A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 22, 2023
“To be a successful fisherman you should get there yesterday when the fish were biting”

Fishermen often find that the fish were biting—yesterday.   
     
“‘You Ought to Have Been Here Yesterday’ is the Fisherman’s Advice” was printed in the Buffalo (NY) Commercial on July 18, 1905. “HAM CLAY, JR., editor of the Dakota County Tribune (Farmington) is acquiring wisdom: ‘This fishing business is so simple. All you have to do is get there yesterday when the fish were biting’” was printed in the Minneapolis (MN) Star on July 1, 1950. “‘This fishing business is simple—all you have to do is get there yesterday when the fish were biting.’ —Hamilton Clay Jr.” was printed in the New York (NY) Times on August 16, 1953.
       
“To be a successful fisherman you should get there yesterday when the fish were biting” was printed in 14,000 Quips & Quotes: For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers (1993) by E. C. McKenzie. “To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting. #imjustsayin” was posted on Twitter by Troy Johnson on January 27, 2010. “RT @funnyoneliners: To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting” was posted on Twitter by Dennis Who? on December 26, 2011.
     
   
Newspapers.com
18 July 1905, Buffalo (NY) Commercial, pg. 12, col. 2:
SAME OLD STORY.
“You Ought to Have Been Here Yes-
terday” is the Fisherman’s Advice.

Jim. who is noted for his large fish catches—Fishing is good, Jack, at Surecatch’s place.
 
Jack. who never catches a mess—I’ll go there tomorrow.
 
Jim. two days later—Well, did you get a basketbfull?
 
Jack—No. Your friend said I ought to have been there yesterday when the fish were biting.
 
Newspapers.com
1 July 1950, Minneapolis (MN) Star, “The Minnesota Press,” pg. 8, col. 5:
HAM CLAY, JR., editor of the Dakota County Tribune (Farmington) is acquiring wisdom: “This fishing business is so simple. All you have to do is get there yesterday when the fish were biting.”
         
Newspapers.com
21 September 1950, Emerson (NE) Tri-County Press, pg. 8, col. 3:
We have found out how you can make every fishing trip a great success. All you have to do is get there yesterday when the fish were biting.
 
Newspapers.com
2 November 1950, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “In the Wake of the News” by Arch Ward, pt. 6, pg. 1, col. 2:
So That’s It
Here’s a simple rule for fishermen:
[‘Tis a sport that is most inviting]
Just do your fishing yesterday
When the fish were biting.
—Lola Myrtle
 
16 August 1953, New York (NY) Times, “Holidays With Pay” compiled by Frances Rodman, Magazine sec., pg. 14, col. 2:
“This fishing business is simple—all you have to do is get there yesterday when the fish were biting.”
Hamilton Clay Jr.
 
Google Books
The Speechmaker’s Complete Handbook:
A storehouse of colorful, point-making material and complete planning guide for public speakers

By Edward L. Friedman
New York, NY: Harper
1955
Pg. 310:
After-dinner speaking is a lot like fishing. There is nothing in the world as easy as being a successful fisherman. All you have to do is get there yesterday when the fish were biting.
 
Google Books
The Life of the Party:
A new collection of stories and anecdotes

By Bennett Cerf
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1956
Pg. 265:
“Fishing is simplicity itself,” explains Hamilton Clay, Jr. “All you have to do is get there yesterday when the fish were biting.”
 
Google Books
14,000 Quips & Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1993, ©1980
Pg. 181:
To be a successful fisherman you should get there yesterday when the fish were biting.
 
Twitter
Troy Johnson
@The_Troy_Show
To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting. #imjustsayin
6:53 PM · Jan 27, 2010
   
Twitter
Scott Eddy
@MrScottEddy1
To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.
1:48 PM · Mar 10, 2010
   
Twitter
Jay Link
@JayLink_
@mrskutcher To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.
5:13 PM · May 30, 2010
   
Twitter
Dennis Who?
@dthur3232
RT @funnyoneliners: To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.
8:48 AM · Dec 26, 2011
   
Twitter
Abacha Alert
@Phaitt
RT @funnyoneliners: To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting. @TiaunDetector @GRAMMARPo_oLICE
8:55 AM · Dec 26, 2011
   
Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Edited by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
To be successful at fishing you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting
 
Twitter
Hank Okonski
@hankobilly
”@CauseWereHuman: To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.”
@Z4braham20 @anomgrom
6:28 PM · Mar 21, 2012
   
Twitter
Gardenhousesforbirds
@gardenhouses
To be a successful fisherman you should get there yesterday when the fish were biting. (quotes from E.C. McKenzie) http://tinyurl.com/agapqh5
9:28 PM · Jun 15, 2013
 
Twitter
Funny One Liners
@funnyone_liner
To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.
1:30 AM · Oct 28, 2014
 
Twitter
Larry B. Ahrens
@LarryNow
Sign at the sporting goods store: “To be successful at fishing you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.”
5:53 PM · May 5, 2015
         
Twitter
Laugh A Day
@LaughhADay
“To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.”
5:29 AM · Mar 2, 2017
 
Twitter
Funny Jokes
@funnyyjokeess
“To be successful at fishing, you should get there yesterday, when the fish were biting.”
7:39 AM · Apr 5, 2018
 
Twitter
Gary Smith
@tx_houston
To be successful at fishing,
you should get there yesterday,
when the fish were biting.
5:44 AM · Dec 9, 2022
 
Facebook
Indian Hills Community Sign
June 21, 2023 at 12:35 PM ·
(The following text is shown on a sign.—ed.)
TO ENSURE
FISHING SUCCESS
GO YESTERDAY
WHEN THE FISH
WERE BITING

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, June 22, 2023 • Permalink


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