• A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights
    A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Net-fish any fish, like the herring, caught in nets—opp. to Trawl-fish and Line-fish
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The dolphins drive the fish into the nets The dolphins drive the fish into the nets
Babies dangling fishing net Babies dangling fishing net
Crossed fishing nets Crossed fishing nets


  • Doug Horton
    “If wishes were fishes we'd all be throwing nets. If wishes were horses we'd all ride.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. net, nett; Dut. net, Ger. netz.


In literature:

Like two fish in a net, he thought ungraciously.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Desire and anger, O king, break through wisdom, just as a large fish breaks through a net of thin cords.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The gospel net which had gathered all sorts of fish in Europe brought a varied quality of spoil to Japan.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
She was the kind of woman to whom any man, even such a one as I, is fish for her net.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
And fishing up the river and down the river he never again cast net into the haunted pool.
"Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
They went on down the river, and the next day after this they found some settlers drawing a seine or net to catch fish in the river.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
When the shopkeeper leaves his shop for a half hour or so he hangs a sort of fish-net over the opening of his shop and never needs to lock it.
"Topsy-Turvy Land" by Samuel M. Zwemer
We encamped, very early, on an island, in order to use old Nadeau's fishing net.
"Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific" by Gabriel Franchere
They came, and lifted the net, and poured out the fish.
"The Wonder Book of Bible Stories" by Compiled by Logan Marshall
A chair was overturned, and Lem's legs were tangled in a fish-net.
"Troop One of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
Three modes of taking fish are commonly practised: spearing them; catching them by means of a weir; and taking them in a net.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
Their efforts serve only to entangle the fish more deeply in the net.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
A Fisherman who lived on the produce of his nets, one day caught a single small fish as the result of his day's labor.
"Aesop's Fables" by Aesop
It was all fish that came to the Austrian net.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
All I have to do is to take care of my boat and my nets, and sell my fish.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Before the cottage door in the sunshine a great fishing-net was drying, fastened to two wooden stakes.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
And the cord from which the net was woven was not as heavy as that of the fish nets.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
But whether Posh fished with "sunk" or "swum" nets his luck was out for the season of 1867.
"Edward FitzGerald and "Posh" "Herring Merchants"" by James Blyth
A seine or net is placed entirely across the stream, and all the fish which come down the stream are caught.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
They won't no more need a marshal here'n they will a fish net.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden

In poetry:

Tug at the net,
Haul at the net,
Strip off the quivering fish;
Hid in the mist
The winds whist,
Is like my heart's wish.
"At The Gill-Nets" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Oft in the summer mornings
When she strips the nets of fish,
The smell of the dripping net-twine
Gives to her heart a wish.
"The Half-Breed Girl" by Duncan Campbell Scott
The waves lay spread beneath His feat;
And fish, at his command,
Bring their large shoals to Peter's net,
Bring tribute to his hand.
"Psalm VIII: O Lord, Our Lord" by Isaac Watts
Implore God's help in ev'ry ill,
He is the Giver of all good:
But shou'dst thou trust thy net and skill,
Thou'dst lose the fish, that by thee stood.
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard
Thy cupboard serves the world: the meat is set,
Where all may reach: no beast but knows his feed.
Birds teach us hawking; fishes have their net:
The great prey on the lesse, they on some weed.
"Providence" by George Herbert
And with the morrow's earliest light,
Appeared before the monarch's sight
A fisherman, all joyously;
"Lord, I this fish just now have caught,
No net before e'er held the sort;
And as a gift I bring it thee."
"The Ring Of Polycrates - A Ballad" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

Michelle Gabel/The Post-Standard Ross Mazur(center), a freshman at SUNY ESF, places a wooden support on the net covering a pond full of brown trout at the Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery.
The fish were netted out of the cages, put into a large dumpster and hauled away.
Why do we need to take a fishing net to the toilet.
A sunken fishing boat is tangled in its own seine net, resting at 390 feet of water 40 miles northwest of Sitka.
The fish hit at about the same time and we traded turns with the net.
Whale caught head-to-tail in fishing nets off Maui.
Federal officials are trying to free a whale caught in fishing nets off Hawaii.
The Coast Guard said Thursday it received a call from a charter boat reporting an adult male humpback whale was entangled in fishing nets from head to tail.
Whale Shark Sucks on Fishing Net for Easy Meal.
Fishing business mixes 'old world art' with technological advances to build Bulletproof Nets.
The animals often become entangled in abandoned fishing nets or accidentally caught on fishing hooks.
In order to steer albatross and other seabirds away from deadly entanglement, Zevallos's "Traffic Cone ," as the device is called, attaches to the cables that fishing boats use to lower nets underwater.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists Chris Lorion and Hope Rieden net a coho salmon Wednesday in the salmon life cycle monitoring station on Mill Creek near Logsden.
The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled against fishing groups that want the Copper River Chitina dip -net fishery to be designated a subsistence fishery.
Cam Nguyen, right, works with others to repair the El Dorado fishing boat's nets on Wharf No.