The Reason Guys Hold Fish In Dating App Pictures

There are plenty of fish in the sea.

And if you’re on Tinder, Bumble, or other dating apps, you probably encounter plenty of them – literally.

There’s a curious phenomenon on dating apps where men can often be seen posing with fish in their photos. In fact, it’s become such a thing that people have officially dubbed it “Fish Tinder.”


Many people have hopped on the bandwagon of rating fish dating app photos on TikTok and Twitter and receiving millions of views for doing so.

Just check out the video below:

It seems the trend initially started back in May of 2020, when 29-year-old Cala Murry (@muesli_girl) posted the first fish ranking video to the app. She has since spawned an entire subgenre of imitators.


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♬ original sound – Cala Murry

All of this begs the question: Why do men post photos of themselves holding fish? Is it to show they enjoy catching their own food? Are they looking to attract a girl who shares the same hobby? Perhaps they simply want to display how masculine they are.

To get to the bottom of it, The Cut reporter Gina Ryder decided to interview men who have fish in their dating app pictures and ask them why.

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According to The Cut, Ryder found that some men wanted to use the photos to display how dedicated they were to their hobby of fishing so potential mates would know how they spend their time. Others, however, wanted to show that they could be good providers.

Fishing photos can show someone is resourceful and athletic, strong, and able to put food on the table if all else fails. It could be a subtle (conscious or subconscious) signaling that a man will take care of his partner.

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While Ryder didn’t ever come to a clear-cut reason for the fish photos, her investigation did offer some helpful insight. Seeing a man holding a fish in his dating app pictures could be him signaling his masculinity, acceptance of traditional gender roles, or simply showing off his time-consuming hobby. Of course, there’s also the possibility that he simply likes the photo and chose it because of that.

How do you feel about dating app photos of men holding fish? Let us know!

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