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Gender issues[edit]

True or false: unlike "fireman", "policeman", and "mailman", which are now replaced by "fire fighter", "police officer", and "mail carrier", "fisherman" is still commonly accepted generically. 14:12, 16 May 2004 (UTC)

    • In Britain mail is delivered by postmen. Anthony Appleyard 12:05, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
  • In real-world talk, a fisherman is still a fisherman. A fisher is a USA mustelid animal. Political correctness gets sillier and sillier and more and more dictatorial. Although I tend to restrict the word "fisherman" to men who have to do it every day in all weathers for a living; to me a sport angler is a sport angler. Anthony Appleyard 12:01, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
    • The PC term for fisherman on the east coast of Canada is "Fish-Harvester", though this is seldom used throughout fishing communities. The DFO(Department of Fisheries and Oceans) uses this term whenever giving out official documents.

Please Someone Add to this[edit]

  • This article should be a basic commodity, it desperately needs to be edited. User: 14:12, 16 May 2004
  • There is FAR more about inshore and deep-water work fishermen that could be included here. Are there any work fishermen's email groups that could be asked to add to Wikipedia? (Please put sport angling stuff in angler or angling.) Anthony Appleyard 12:01, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

The second-oldest line of work that still exists?[edit]

In the introductory part, is says that "Fishing has existed as a means of obtaining food since the Mesolithic period." I think that would make it the second-oldest line of work that exists and has done so continuously since it was first carried out by humans. The oldest would be gathering (not of fish, but of plants), which is still practiced for a living by some hunter-gatherers. I'm not a fisherman, but I think this is worth noting. --Tracerbullet11 (talk) 18:32, 12 February 2008 (UTC)


I propose a move to "Fisher people" (talk) 10:47, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

'Fisher people'? How would this work?
Suggested surely with a smirk!
While 'fisherman' is not quite PC
It's more oft used, I guarantee.
Rhyme & Reason (talk) 19:34, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Recreational Fisherman Picture[edit]

File:Bowfin2009.1.jpg 0046.jpg
Fisherman with Bowfin fishing recreationally having fun practicing catch and release.

There should be a picture representing a recreational fisherman. This picture on the right is representative of a recreational fisherman tell me what you think. --Lord Clarence (talk) 15:30, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

Please place your comments at the bottom of pages, and not at the top. The picture you are suggesting seems to be of a clown who wants to show off his muscles, and thinks fishing is something to do with American football. This is not a representative image of a recreational fisherman. At best, it is an attempt, of questionable taste, to be humorous. There are over 6,000 images available on fishing at commons, many of which include recreational fishermen. You need to establish why your image is more eppropriate than the others available. --Epipelagic (talk) 22:58, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

Epipelagic, I see what you are trying to do here and I don't like it. I am not going to be feeding any trolls today. The way you are talking in the forum is harassment. I do not see how that picture has anything to do with football. A recreational fisherman could have any type of physical appearance. A fisherman could be muscular, skinny, or even over weight. You cannot judge a fisherman on physical appearance. This is not questionable taste, and I am not attempting to be funny. This is a great photo of a recreational fisherman. What does a recreational fisherman look like to you? --Lord Clarence (talk) 02:17, 22 March 2010 (UTC)Lord Clarence
LC the picture you are refering to doesnt convey the message of a recreational fisherman, it could equally just be a man buying a fish from monger at a village market. Any picture should at least include some fishing equipment preferably in use, a veiwer should be able to tell the person is fishing for recreation not for sport or commercial reasons. Gnangarra 07:19, 12 May 2010 (UTC)