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11 Excuses to Skip Work and Go Fishing

11 Excuses to Skip Work and Go Fishing

11 Excuses to Skip Work and Go Fishing

Everyone has those days where you just can’t make yourself get out of bed and go to work, whether it is the first warm day of summer or you just can’t face another meeting. If you decide you would prefer to make up an excuse to skip work and go fishing, here are 11 of the best excuses.

Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a good excuse. It means that you will be ill for a day or two, and then you will be fine. People don’t usually go to the doctor's if they think they have food poisoning, so your boss will not expect to see a doctor’s note following your absence.


This is another illness that people often fake if they don’t want to go to work. You can use this one as much as you need to. Make sure that you never tell your boss that you do not suffer from headaches, though. A lot of people make the mistake of faking a sore throat if they are calling in sick to work. However, if you don’t have an illness that will give you a sore throat, this is a surefire way to let your boss know you are faking.

Going To the Vet

Going To the Vet

Telling your boss that your pet is ill and you need to take them to the vet can buy you a day off depending on how much of an animal lover your boss is. The closer you stick to the truth, the easier your lie will be, so tell them about an illness your pet has suffered from in the past. This will help you to sound convincing because you will know what you are talking about.

Death In the Family

Make sure you invent your family member or pretend the death is not someone you are close to because karma might come back to bite you. The good point about a family death is that you will also need a day off for the funeral, which will give you another excuse to go fishing.

Sick Kids

Make sure you do actually have kids or your boss will see straight through you. If you do, this is a good excuse to use as you are not likely to be able to find someone to look after your child if they have something contagious.

No Daycare

From time to time, your daycare could let you down, and this could leave you unable to work. Be evasive about who your childcare provider is because this is easy for your boss to double-check.

Car Trouble

Car Trouble

If you have car trouble, you may be unable to come to work. This excuse might work, or your boss could just ask why you don’t take public transport or call AAA, so be careful how you use this one and who you use it on.

Jury Duty

Your boss is not allowed to ask too many questions about your jury duty, so you could get away with this one. Remember to say you weren’t picked to serve on the jury after you attended for one day, which often happens, because if you don’t, your boss will wonder why you are only absent for a day rather than a week or longer.

Home Emergency

This could include anything from a gas leak to a flood or even a fire. Try to keep your story simple; the more you lie about your emergency, the more likely you are to trip yourself up.

Car Accident

This excuse is not for the faint-hearted as you don’t want to tempt fate. However, it could work, and your boss may be sympathetic. If you were to have an accident, it could take a few days for your car to be fixed, so make sure you don’t turn up the next day in a perfect-looking car or your boss will be suspicious.

Surviving a Crime

If you are the victim of a crime, this could leave you badly shaken and you may need to take time off to recover from the incident. Use something like a mugging or a minor burglary rather than something too dramatic. The more dramatic your crime is, the more likely your colleagues are to ask questions, and this could trip you up.

Try these excuses to skip work and go fishing instead. Just make sure you don’t get caught doing it, or you may find yourself getting fired.