Is fishing a common recreational activity where you live? Why or why not? What special techniques or equipment do you need to catch fish and lots of them?
“fish story” = a big lie
“He didn’t graduate from Harvard University. That’s just a big fish story.”
“fish out of water” = to be out of place in an uncomfortable situation
“My brother doesn’t dance at all, so he felt like a fish out of water at last night’s party.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Man: Well, I couldn’t have picked out a better spot to fish. What do you think?
Woman: Uh . . .
Man: I mean, the water is so clear here. Listen to the birds and the sounds of nature.
Woman: Well . . . .
Man: I mean, I’m not bragging or anything, but I have a real sense for fishing. I mean, I was born to fish, you know, my dad used to say.
Woman: When was the last time you caught a fish? Didn’t you tell me that you went fishing six or seven times last month and didn’t catch anything?
Man: Well, Well, I’m not making excuses or anything, but the weather was bad a couple of times, and, and . . . and a fish dragged my pole into the water while I wasn’t looking another time [ No way! Serious? ] , and . . . and I wasn’t wearing my fishing hat another day.
Woman: You have to have a fishing hat to catch fish?
Man: Well, today is different. Listen.
Woman: What’s different about it? We’ve been here about an hour, and you still haven’t caught anything.
Man: Well, do you think you can do any better, or are you just going to sit there and continue reading that book?
Woman: Okay, let me show you. Let me show you. Give me that pole. I’ll show you. I’m just to cast the bait out right over . . . . there . . . perfect.
Man: Ah, right. You’ll probably catch a tree branch or get your line snagged in a tree.
Woman: Yeah, you’re going to see. Just wait.
Man: Some big shoe or something like that.
Woman: You just wait. You have to be patient. [ Yeah. ] Yeah . . . Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh! I got a bite. Oh, man, man, man. Look at that! That fish is huge.
Man: Wow, wait, wait, wait, wait. Can’t . . . . that . . no, no, no.
Woman: Yes, it is, it is. Help me! Come on. Help me! Come on. Help me. I’m trying to reel it in. Help me!
Man: I . . . I got to go back to the car.
Woman: No, no. Look! Look at the thing jump! Go get the net! Get the net!
Man: Well, nah . . .
Woman: Come on. You gotta help me catch it!
Man: That’s beginner’s luck.
Woman: No. Come on. Wow! I got it Look at that. What are you going to say now? Huh? Huh? What are you going to say?
Woman: So look who’s teaching who. I’m going to remember this day FOREVER.
Man: Forget it.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences
- brag (verb): to talk about yourself or others in a way that shows too much pride
– My brother always brags about his soccer skills, but he really isn’t that good of a player.
- drag (verb): to pull something heavy or difficult to move
– A huge fish tried to drag me into the water
– I took us a few minutes to drag the boat out of the water.
- pole (noun): a long slender piece of bamboo, fiberglass, or other material that is used to catch fish
– My fishing pole broke when I tried to bring in the giant catfish.
- cast (verb): to throw something like food into the water by hand or with a fishing pole
– My son couldn’t cast his fishing line very far, so I helped him most of the time yesterday.
- bait (noun): food or other material used to attract fish or animals
– What kind of bait did you use to catch that fish?
- snag (verb): to catch or get caught on something
– I tore my shirt when it got snagged on a tree branch.
- huge (adjective): very large
– My brother owns a huge fishing boat that he uses to catch tuna and swordfish off the coast.