For the sake of clarity......and I hope you will agree......
the word "fisherman/en" has always meant to me, a professional who fishes, always from a registered fishing vessel.
An "angler" is the term for a non-professional who fishes, usually from an un-registered vessel.
Thus I have always interpreted stories, like the one above, to more accurately refer to anglers, i.e. small boat, just two people, close-ish in-shore.
But I could always be wrong......because there are always exceptions.
"Ribbing-the most expensive way of traveling third class"