the means by which inmates who are locked down pass things, including commissary items, from cell to cell
How do inmates trade goods in supermaximum when they are never allowed out of their cells? The answer is by "fishing."

A fishing line consists of a long piece of string with a weight attached to one end. The string is usually obtained from bed sheets or prison attire. Weights can be made from combs, soap, plastic bags containing toothpaste, or the flat end of a toothpaste tube snapped off from the rest of the tube, the latter option being the most popular due to its efficiency. Using these items an inmate can assemble a fishing line in excess of twenty-feet long.

To exchange goods with someone housed on the same floor, two inmates will first ascertain whether each of them have sufficient lengths of fishing line to meet each other. Every cell door at SMU2 has a two-centimeter gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. The possessor of the longest fishing line will slide his weight under his door in the direction of the room that he wishes to trade with. Depending upon his fishing skills, it may take several attempts to get the weight into the desired area. Following a failed attempt, the inmate simply yanks the line back into his cell and tries again. When the weight is in a good spot, the second inmate will slide his weight out, aiming to catch his weight on his trading partners line. Upon snagging the line, the second inmate will then reel in both lines. The lines are then securely tied and store items can be transferred to and fro by attaching a large Manila envelope to the joint line, and filling it with the desired goods.

Passing flat items such as stamps, envelopes, newspapers, pen refills, and paper is easy. Larger items such as chips (crisps) or candy bars have to be squashed flat or crushed into particles. Coffee and stamps are the two most heavily-traded items.

How do inmates housed upstairs trade with inmates housed below them? This requires lengthy fishing lines and considerable talent. The upstairs inmate slides his weight directly out from under his cell door and over the balcony in the direction of the inmate downstairs who he wishes to trade with. It may take several attempts to get the weight positioned in a good spot downstairs. The downstairs inmate then slides his weight out and when the two are connected he reels them both in. Items can be passed up and down, between the two floors, via the two joined lines using envelopes or plastic bags.

Sometimes, mishaps occur, lines may snap and loads may get stuck on the run. Fishing rods made out of newspaper can be used to retrieve lost items or lines when such accidents happen.

Fishing is banned and opportunistic guards will snatch fishing lines. Getting caught fishing after receiving a warning can result in an inmate getter stripped out. Being stripped out consists of an invasive strip search followed by a rigorous cell search. Master fishermen will generally fish after the hourly guard walks, to minimise their chances of losing their lines.

When fishing traffic is in full flow, the run takes on a life of its own. Envelopes are rapidly sliding across the floor and plastic bags can be seen floating upwards as if they were balloons. Fishing lines are barely visible, so to an observer it looks as if ghosts are moving objects around. It is an amazing sight to first lay eyes on, and a credit to inmate ingenuity.

-from Jonsjailjournal
by Shaun Attwood February 28, 2008
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A strategy used by guys for picking up chicks on the beach in which one guy sends the stud in your group on a long bomb route and throws a football into a large group of hotties. The guy running the route will be forced to dive into the group to make the catch, thus landing face-first in the sand. The hotties will be both impressed by his remarkable athleticism and concerned for his safety. Your buddy will return to your beach house with the group of hotties, thus allowing you to pick off one of the looser chicks. This technique was popularized in American Pie 2.
Tom: Justin! Go deep!
Jesse: What are you doing?
Tom: Fishing. *throws football*
by bounce deezy July 29, 2010
when an obviously hot girl insults herself with the intention of having everybody around her disagree with what she said, and triggering a barrage of compliments. the easiest way to deal with a person like this is to just agree with them.
ridiculously hot girl: i'm so fat and ugly!
someone nearby: yes. yes you are. stop fishing for compliments.
by swiftlikethecandycorn May 30, 2010
The process of tricking a fish into piercing it's lip
The act of fishing for fish
by April 18, 2009
Fishing is when a minor stands outside a shop, fishing for an adult to buy either alcohol or cigaretts.
My brother forgot to buy me beer, so I had to go fishing outside Kmart.
by Turbogooner April 06, 2005
The act of insulting, or making fun of ones self, with the intention of others dissagreeing and/or complimenting that person.
This act can trigger a birage of different people getting involved, who usually also start insulting/putting themselvs down.

Found most often on social websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Girl 1:Oh god I'm soooooo ugly in this pic
Girl 2:OMG No your not! Your sooo much more pretty than I am
Girl 1:OMG NO I'm SOOOOOO fat.
Girl 2: No you're not your super skinny, I'm the fat one.
by Blue22222 January 29, 2011
(v) the act of picking up chicks.
we're going to the party tomarrow night to do some fishing. you wanna come?
by dave November 12, 2003
A. A sport which involves catching fish. This is usually done with a net or pole.

B. An act preformed in jailhouses. Fishing happens when the current fish (a new inmate in prision, the bitch) either leaves, gets transfered, or is just plain used up. Fishing is teh process of selecting a new fish for the jail. Once fishing is complete the newly deemed fish is raped by the other inmates as they chant "fish........ fish....... fish...."
A. Me and my friend Winston went fishing off the pier. Then we played some wiffle ball

B. Peter, the current fish was dry and used up so the jailhouse went fishing and selected Tom as their new fish. Then they pulled the cords and had a seizure.
by Ownage December 08, 2004

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