E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fisher of Souls (The great).
I trust, young man, that neither idleness nor licentious pleasure . the chief baits with which the great Fisher of souls conceals his hooks, are the causes of your declining the career to which I would incite you.Sir W. Scott: The Monastery, chap. xi.