In a photo on his Tinder profile, John Prioli is standing on a pier in Greenpoint, the Manhattan skyline in the distance, holding a live striped bass slightly larger than the size of a standard pillow.
He’s wearing a beanie and a leather jacket over a Ghost concert T-shirt. Chatting online with matches, it seemed, wasn’t going to get me any answers.
Another possibility, evolutionary psychologist David Buss told me, is that the men posting fish photos are signaling that they’d be valuable partners — that they have both the ability to provide resources and the tendency to seek resources beyond what’s currently available.
(This holdover from long-ago caveman instincts is an idea excellently mocked in a “Resources obtained by the man’s individual efforts are more highly valued than, say, resources that a man lucked into,” Buss, a professor at the University of Texas, wrote in an email.
He’d just heard the heavy metal band play at Lincoln Theatre, he explains, and decided to grab his fishing poles on the way home; striper feed at night, and the bite was hot. Here’s my take: It’s not that fish pictures are inherently bad. I first discovered the trend when my friend, over at her apartment for dinner, asked if she could play around with my Bumble app — and once she pointed it out, I started seeing fish Curious and a little amused, I started to collect some data — and by collect some data, I mean screenshot every Bumble fisherman I encountered and compile the images into a quickly growing Google doc. The next stop on my research quest was the Tinder profile of a cute guy whose photo showed him wearing overalls next to a pond. All I do is fish.” Once I confirmed that we matched while he was visiting New York, I unmatched him. So I turned my investigation elsewhere, joining the Facebook group of a local fishing alliance.
After the photo was taken, Prioli released the bass back into the East River, as he does with most of his catches. After logging over 100 screenshots of mackerel men, I was more intrigued than ever. When we matched, I wrote him, “I noticed you have a lot of fish pictures. (As a general rule, at least in my experience, out-of-towner Tinders are generally up to no good). There, I met a 50-something fisherman who told me met he his wife while working as a fishmonger.
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“It’s the culmination of waking up early (or going out late), busting your ass to get out there, bringing the right gear, presenting the fish with the right bait or lure in the right place and time and finally just being able to hold the animal for a while and take a photo.” A good fish can also be a conversation starter — sometimes, he says, matches might kick things off by complimenting his catch or asking him where he goes fishing. Either way, there are always other fish in the sea.
It probably doesn’t hurt that fishing is typically a summer activity, meaning plenty of opportunity for tanned, shirtless pics on boats.
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