John Lurie knows absolutely nothing about fishing, but that doesn’t stop him from undertaking the adventure of a lifetime on Fishing With John. Traveling with his special guests to the most exotic and dangerous places on earth, John Lurie battles sharks with Jim Jarmusch off the tip of Long Island, goes ice fishing with Willem Dafoe at Maine’s northernmost point, braves the Costa Rican jungle with Matt Dillon, takes Tom Waits to Jamaica, and searches for the elusive giant squid with Dennis Hopper in Thailand.
John Lurie fishes takes film director Jim Jarmusch fishing for shark near Montauk, Long Island, and shows Jarmusch an unusual way to catch a shark with a piece of cheese and a pistol.
John Lurie takes Tom Waits fishing for snapper in Jamaica. Waits gets seasick on the old tug boat they rent, but he later manages to astonish Lurie by putting a live red snapper down his pants.
John Lurie takes movie star Matt Dillon on a fishing trip to Costa Rica, where they meet a village elder who teaches them the Fish Dance and a guide who claims to be able to turn into a bird.
John Lurie takes actor Willem Dafoe ice fishing in northern Maine. After constructing a shelter and drilling holes in the ice, their survival becomes questionable after Dafoe runs out of cheese crackers.
John Lurie takes movie star Dennis Hopper to Thailand in search of the elusive giant squid. After having no luck on the southern coast, they head north on a trawler to seek advice from the reclusive squid monks.
John Lurie and movie star Dennis Hopper continue their search for the elusive giant squid in the coastal waters of Thailand. After stealing a boat from the squid monks, they soon find themselves hypnotised into a helpless state by the strange powers of the giant squid itself.