MiniRound: The 3 Worst Fishing Movies of All Time

Last week, FTR’s roundtable brought you the 5 Best Fishing Moves of All Time. This week, we bring you three of the worst in a mini-roundtable. Same players as last week—Ken Duke, Joe Sills and John Mazurkiewicz. Each contributor had to pinpoint a choice for the single worst fishing movie ever made. Believe us, there are a lot of bad ones.

Mazurk: “Aliens in the Attic” (2009) – I was contacted by one of the producers who told me about this upcoming movie where fishing would have a huge focus. Great opportunity for some product placement for Shimano he tells me. I bite – and I’m hooked! The movie is from 20th Century Fox. The setting is a northern Michigan lake cottage. And of course they are shooting next week and need about six spinning combos right away. I’m able to pull it off. All looking good. But … I never hear from the folks again. There is a five second segment in the movie where actor Kevin Nealon mentions his Shimano Sedona reel. The movie has nothing to do at all about fishing. But I guess this isn’t as bad at the four johnboats from Starcraft I had sent for a movie in the late 90’s. Still looking for those boats – and never saw the movie!

Ken Duke: “Bait Shop” (2008) — All I really need to tell you about this movie is that it starred Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus. Only the setting (Lake Tohopekaliga and an earlier incarnation of Big Toho Marina) is legitimate. The rest reeks of what non-anglers conjure up when they think of tournament fishing. It would have set the sport back 50 years except that almost no one saw it. That’s good for the sport of tournament fishing … and good for all the people who missed it, too. I wish I was one of them.

Joe Sills: “Gone Fishin'” (1997) — Danny Glover stars in a mid-90’s movie that was not “Angels in the Outfield.” Predictably, nobody cared. Joe Pesci was there, too. Willie Nelson presumably wandered onto the set on his own accord and the stage was set for one of the worst movies of all time. “Gone Fishin'” scores a healthy 4 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Early on in the film, Glover and Pesci lose their boat and beer to a passing train on their way to the Everglades because that makes sense. As so often happens in life, with the beer left the party, and any hope that this film would be a good time for anyone. The movie lost about $30 million. That same year, the Anaheim Angels again failed to win the pennant.