The act of searching for pity or sympathy by making something sound far worse than it really is.
Dave: Hey dude, what's up?
Jim: I got attacked by this massive, vicious dog in the park yesterday... I thought I was going to die...
Dave: OMG! Are you OK?
Dave: Did you hear about Jim? He got attacked by a massive dog!
Fred: He's just pity fishing, I was there. He was barked at by a dog.
Pity fishing is an action when the "fisherman" complains about something in there life just to get pity from their listeners.
Someone who complains about something just so others can here them to give the complainer pity.
Pity fisherman are also usually compliment fishers (see compliment fishing)
Facebook Status: "My life is so hard, I have to do everything myself no one else will lift a finger."
PatsyReader: "awww poor you"
SmartReader: "oh quit your PITY FISHING!"