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  • John Lambert, II (1629 - 1710)
    John was a fisherman, like his father. He married Preserved Gaskell before 1658 in Salem.[1] They had at least ten children together.[2]ChildrenJohn b Jun 30, 1704 Elizabeth m Oct 16, 1668 Joseph Swase...
  • Edward Cartwright, of Nantucket (1640 - 1705)
    Edward Cartwright Birth 1640 Dittisham, South Hams District, Devon, England Death 1705 (aged 64–65) Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts NOTE: Edward's will is supposedly dated Aug. 2...
  • Benjamin LeRoy McLaughlin (1886 - 1952)
    "Salmon Egg Ben" wins Reputation for Fishing Advice, Tall Tales, by Helen Reed Moffit. I doubt if there's a fisherman anywhere in Idaho--or elsewhere, for that matter, who hasn't heard of "Salmon-Egg ...
  • Paul Mitchell, of Saco (c.1612 - 1653)
    Evidence needed to support as son of Richard Bartlett Mitchell & Elizabeth Mitchell Biography PAUL MITCHELL drowned 18 Nov. 1653 Boston Paul was one of John Winter's men at Richmond Island i...
  • Oscar Taylor Gensaw, Sr. <Yurok> (1935 - 2007)
    Oscar Taylor Gensaw, Sr., a member of the Yurok Tribe of Klamath, died May 3, 2007, at his home in Klamath at the age of 71. He was born June 9, 1935, in Requa. He was a logger for 36 years, a fish g...


Image left - Fishing with nets, Tacuinum Sanitatis casanatensis (14th century)


A fisherman, (usually a man) is someone who catches fish and other animals from a body of water, or gathers shellfish. The older term fisher is more inclusive of female catchers of fish. Fishing is also something done as a recreational sport for pleasure.

Fishing can take place in freshwater rivers or at sea. It is an ancient occupation dating back at least 40 000 years. Fish are normally caught in the wild.

The Egyptians invented various implements and methods for fishing which are clearly illustrated in tomb scenes, drawings, and papyrus documents. References to fishing are found in ancient literature, e.g. The Bible, The Tacuinum Sanitatis (a medieval handbook mainly on health), Oppian of Corycus, a 2nd-century Greco-Roman poet, wrote a major treatise on sea fishing, the Halieulica or Halieutika, composed between 177 and 180.

// fishermen using tridents in the 17th century

Techniques used to catch fish include...

  • hand gathering,
  • spearing (Dutch fishermen used Tridents in the 17th century)
  • netting
  • angling or line fishing
  • trapping

Fishing may be applied to catching other aquatic animals such as shellfish, cephalopods, crustaceans, and echinoderms, but not usually aquatic animals, for instance whales where "whaling' is the term used.

The purpose of this project is to gather together information about fishermen and connect GENi profiles of those who were fishermen or worked in the fishing industry for a living. This is a universal project. Please link profiles to the project, no matter where from or whether of note or not. Any notable fishermen can be added to the list below.

See also

Fishermen of Hastings

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