"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."

Fishing Vacation

1. Pre-Listening Exercises
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?

HELPFUL TIP : In some places, you might need a fishing license, so check your local laws so you don't break the law.

2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. At the beginning of the conversation, the man feels that he ____.
A. is a natural fisherman
B. needs more fishing practice
C. doesn't have the right equipment

2. Last month, the man didn't catch any fish because __________.
A. he always went the wrong time of day
B. he was too busy at work to go
C. the weather wasn't very good

3. While the man is fishing, the woman is _____________.
A. texting her friends
B. reading a book
C. watching him fish

4. The man had been fishing for ___________ without success.
A. 20 minutes
B. an hour
C. a couple of hours

5. When the woman catches a fish, the man ____________.
A. starts taking pictures of the fish
B. encourages her to catch more
C. says she was just lucky


1. is a natural fisherman
2. the weather wasn`t very good
3. reading a book
4. an hour
5. says she was just lucky


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, my dad used to say.

Woman: Really.

Man: Yeah.

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 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 lucky 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.

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 thing jump! Go get the net! Get the net!

Man: Well, nah . . .

Woman: Come on. You gotta 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?

Man: Nothing!

Woman: So look who's teaching who. I'm going to remember this day FOREVER.

Man: Forget it.

3. Post-Listening Exercises
Describe a time when you went fishing. Where did you go? What did you catch? What kind of bait did you use? Did you keep the fish or did you release them?

4. Online Investigations
Imagine that you want to go on a fishing vacation in the United States. Use the Internet to find information on these questions:

  • What is the name of place you want to go?
  • What is included in the fishing vacation (e.g., accommodations, fishing gear, transportation, etc.)
  • How long is the fishing trip?
  • What amount of experience do you need on this fishing trip (e.g., for beginners, intermediate, or advanced)?
  • How much does does the trip cost?
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