Does Noise or Talking Scare Fish?

Be quiet or you’ll scare the fish. How many times have you heard that? But is it true or is it a myth?

Yes and no, according to fishing pro Tom Redington.

Since sound doesn’t travel well between air and water, loud talking or screaming will be barely noticeable to the fish underwater. They won’t get spooked or scared.

However, sound that occurs underwater is loud and travels fast. So jumping up and down in a boat, especially an aluminum boat, is loud and can spook the fish. Even dropping pliers in the bottom of the boat can scare fish.


  1. Thank you so much for this article, I have always heard that my entire life. I think
    My husband still believes the old adage, though. He just rolled his eyes, with an exasperated sigh.

  2. If someone is telling you to be quiet while fishing, they probably just want to fish in silence. Some people want to get lost in their own thoughts while fishing. It’s relaxing to listen to the lapping of the water against the boat, hearing the birds, listening to the wind. Talking just ruins the atmosphere. So be glad that whoever your fishing with wants to enjoy the silence with you!

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