Best Fishing Trip Songs for Your Playlist 2021

Best Fishing Trip Songs for Your Playlist – The beat of our day is determined by a decent soundtrack. We have gym playlists, work playlists, “road trip” playlists, and so on… The list might go on forever.

Some hunters and anglers have songs that are specific to their sport. It may be the music that’s always played on the way to the boat ramp or the song that’s usually played before going out on the first duck hunt of the season. And fishing is a subject that is frequently discussed in the musical world.

As a result, we compiled a playlist of our favourite fishing tunes. Get down to the nitty-gritty of things. GearJunkie has a Spotify jam session ready to rock and roll with those river riffles if you’re so inclined.

8 Best Fishing Trip Songs 2021

A Pirate Looks at Forty,’ Jimmy Buffett

‘A Pirate Takes a Look at Forty,’ says the title. Jimmy Buffett is a musician who is well-known for iconic ballad by the legendary Jimmy Buffett was first released in 1974 and is perhaps a little more philosophical than other tracks on this list.

The mournful song, written from the perspective of a modern-day drug smuggler approaching his fourth decade of life, depicts the smuggler’s thoughts as he thinks on his life. The singer wishes he had been born during the Golden Age of Piracy.

It’s not a traditional fishing song, but it’s heard all around the world in harborside dive bars.

Fishing in the Dark,’ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

This riverside classic is a crowd favourite at boat ramps all around the world. It’s still one of our favourites after all these years. On Spotify, the song has received 53 million plays, which is a large quantity.

The song, which was first released in 1987, is about a couple who are planning a late-night fishing expedition while pondering the river and the stars above them. It topped the country charts in both the United States and Canada. It’s still considered a classic. What better way to get us started than with a song?

A Country Boy Can Survive,’ Hank Williams Jr.

Even though it never reached No. 1, Williams’ iconic tune, “A Country Boy Can Survive,” was released as a single in 1982.

The song is about the country’s urbanisation and is themed around changing Americana. Williams pays homage to the self-sufficiency of “country folks” with downhome, simple abilities like catching catfish “from nightfall ’til dawn.”

Fish and Whistle,’ John Prine

The master musical storyteller John Prine’s cheerful, lighthearted tune is a western favourite. It incorporates elements of work, housework, play, and that thing we all wish we could do all of the time: whistling while fishing.

This song has a goofy anguish to it, but it’s so catchy that by the end of the year, it might be one of your most-played songs.

Gone Fishing,’ Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong

Nick and Charles Kenny wrote this classic, which was recorded as a duet with Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong in 1951. The song is about a man (Crosby) who is on the lookout for his companion (Armstrong). Armstrong, it turns out, gave up working and spending time at home in favour of fishing.

Finally, the friend gives in and participates in the fishing, putting his worries aside for another day. This witty duet is a surprising amount of joy to listen to on the road. It is presently unavailable on Spotify, however it is available on YouTube.

Talking Fishing Blues,’ Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie is a folk singer from the United States.

This Woody Guthrie classic is about a fisherman who has had a bad day on the water. “I was fishing down on the muddy bank when I felt a tug and gave a hard yank | I drew out three old rubber boots, a Ford radiator, and a Chevrolet coupe.”

He eventually catches an alligator gar and a shark, and the song ends with him referring about how he baited his hook with applejack: “Threw out a drink and brought a gallon back.” Anglers’ fantasies, oh, the fantasies of anglers.

Catch All the Fish,’ Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley is an avid angler, and his passion for the sport is mirrored in his music, including as his No. 1 single “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”

Despite not being one of Paisley’s most successful songs, “Catch All the Fish” has a strong following among anglers. The first few lines describe loading two shopping carts with fishing gear and Miller Lite, then discovering there isn’t enough gear and loading two additional carts.

That is definitely a song we can get behind.

Five Pound Bass,’ Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen is a fictional character created by Robert Earl Keen

Bass deserves its own song, and Robert Earl Keen’s rendition from 1989 does the bass world proud. “I got up before the dawn this morning | Made myself some coffee and a honey bun | Jumped in my truck and started her up | I’m going out to catch a 5-pound bass.”

Early morning starts are something we can all relate to. And all we can hope for is a cup of hot coffee, a plate of honey buns, and a 5-pound fish at the end of our rods.

Last Thoughts

Spend some time making your personal fishing playlist. It’s up to you whether you play it in the vehicle, on the boat ramp, or from the skiff. But you’d be shocked how much better long hours on the lake can be with a little music. (Just remember to be kind while other people are around; keep the sound low.)

A random playlist screaming via my little portable speaker has saved me on several long, rainy days out on the flats. On or off the sea, music will always be a means to lift spirits and establish new acquaintances.


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