Fishermen "shoot a line" when fishing and so did off duty sailors when at sea. Fishing while on a long voyage was essential to bolster rations so sailors could be tasked for the job. To help pass the long hours fishing there were many stories told; some true and some not. If you told a story that is not true and yet was believed then you would have shot your line and caught one. So to shoot a line is to be believed when you tell an un-true story.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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