Myth: Bananas bring bad luck to any fishing endeavor.
Fact: Although this one is technically a superstition, you will be hard pressed to find any angler who does not believe wholeheartedly that bananas bring bad mojo to a boat. Spend more than a few days aboard any fishing vessel, and you will quickly understand that there’s an omnipresent library of elements that dictate the luck associated with catching streaks and fishing slumps.
The exact origin of this centuries-old banana superstition remains unknown, but many theories abound. One version dates back to the Jack Sparrow age of tall ships and pirates, where fresh fruit was brought along on lengthy voyages to fight off scurvy and other maladies. When bananas were stored with other produce in the cargo, they rapidly rotted everything in their wake.
Another theory dates back to the Caribbean trade of the 1700s, where wooden sailing boats had to move quickly to deliver bananas before they spoiled. Fishermen on board found it impossible to troll for fish with such fast-moving boats.
Could the aversion against the yellow fruit come from the spiders and snakes that stowaway amongst the bananas. Or that the crescent moon-shaped fruit was the only thing left floating after a shipwreck? We may never know.
Regardless, keep in mind that bananas don’t have to be in the standard fruit form to invite bad luck. Banana muffins, daiquiris, dancing banana tattoos, and sunscreen or clothes bearing the name banana are also a no go in most serious anglers’ opinion.
So although we could technically debunk this myth if we really tried, we don’t recommend bringing a banana for a snack on your next fishing trip. You may just find yourself as fish bait instead.