Fisherman character jug produced by Crown Winsor of Longton, England, circa 1985. A fisher, or fisherman, is someone who captures fish and other animals from a body of water or gathers shellfish. Worldwide, there are about 38 million commercial and subsistence fishers and fish farmers. Fishermen may be professional or recreational. Fishing has existed as a means of obtaining food since the Mesolithic period. A length of rope forms the handle of this jug.