Thursday, March 13, 2014

Survival Fishing for When SHTF

If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation where you are lost in the wild or your vehicle breaks down far from help, you will need to pay immediate attention to the important things.  Building a fire, treating your injuries, building a shelter, and obtaining water are among the first things to do when you know you are lost.   Once these concerns are dealt with, as the days go on having something to eat will help you maintain a positive attitude and provide you with more energy.


If you are stranded near a body of water, fishing will be one of your best bets.  If you are lucky enough to have a survival kit or survival knife on you with the necessary fishing line, hooks, and lures, you should be set.  But without the proper fishing equipment you must improvise and use any available material to create the fishing tackle you need.  Below you will find examples on how to set up your hook and line using the environment around you.  
Fish hooks can be made using the
materials around you.

  • The hooks can be improvised from thorns from a branch, paper clips, or even a soda can be welded into an effective hook.
  • Fishing line may be a little more difficult to find, but you can use threads from your clothes, dental floss, or even paracord.  Paracord has a 7 strand core, so if you pull out one of the strands out it will make for a tough fishing line.  Some fisherman can even make paracord into a fishing lure (Click here for instructions.)  
  • Regardless of the set up you manage to put together, it is important to have a set up in more than one spot, to increase your chances of a much needed meal.  This can be done by tying the line to a branch over the water and will also save you some time to attend to more important things.

There are also other techniques that don’t involve a hook and line.  Some people prefer the spear fishing method, which can be used with the branch of a tree.  Carve the end to a sharp point to use as a makeshift spear.  Spear fishing can be successful but it requires a lot of patience, practice, and time.   Another fishing method I've seen is with hand and knife.  Click here to see the video, it's a very cool technique


When cooking your catch, the process is pretty straight forward.  Scale it, gut it, fillet it, and then cook it.  If you are fishing freshwater fish you should cook the fish as soon as possible to avoid spoiling.  Also, very important -- WATCH YOUR BACK!  If you concentrate too hard on your next meal, you might become the next meal of another predator.  Safety first!

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Peter Azzarone @ Rothco