I've frequently come across the term "fisherman" (more rarely in the feminine) meaning a person who catches fish, whereas "fisher" was limited to religious texts. Now in a Cambridge FCE test a number of people chose the word "fisher" to complete a passage, and I couldn't find any reason to dispute their choice, which however sounds wrong to me. Some dictionaries accept the term, others do not even contemplate it. Can anyone help me? Thanks
'Fisher' for someone who, for sport or work, seeks to catch fish, is a real word, but was, until recently, considered archaic. In the King James Bible (1611) Jesus says "I am a fisher of men". Recently, some governments and public bodies in various countries have attempted to revive the word as a gender-neutral term to replace 'fisherman', with some resistance (allegedly) from people in those countries' fishing industries. 'Fisherperson' is possible also.