There are many survival fishing kits sold in the market. Many of them are very simplistic in their content and could be useful for novice enthusiasts. They contain some fishing hooks, a sinker (a heavy object) and some fishing line. These are the basics. It is true that you can catch some small fish, like bread, but would that be enough to keep hunger at bay, if you are in a difficult survival situation?
It probably will not be enough for you. Even if you manage to catch many small fish, you will risk your equipment to break. You may lose some of the hooks (it is inevitable), or the fishing line may break and you will have finished.
Therefore, in this article we will explore some of the basic concepts and share with you what elements are indispensable for a survival situation. We will also share some articles already compiled and sold on the web, and why they are advanced fishing kits. If you do not want to compile your own fishing kit, you can do it for yourself by buying that kit. Some really cool fishing kits have manuals written by enthusiasts and experienced people, so you’ll be sure to read valuable information there.
The best survival fishing equipment you can have on hand.
First of all we have to talk about the fishing line. There are some very light fishing lines, but they are not reliable during a survival situation. On the other hand, most commercial fishing lines are actually quite durable.
A half mile of cable can weigh only a quarter of a pound, which makes it extremely efficient. It is true that you can not make a cable so durable and light on your own while you are in nature, so you will need a commercial line.
These can support a few kilos of weight (when caught a fish), but this may be your limit. It will definitely break if you catch a 20 pound fish, so keep that in mind.
Of course, there are also some standards to establish a limit of durability (tensile strength) that can show you how strong the fishing line is and how much it can withstand. The longer the line is, the more expensive it is, of course.
Another thing to consider is that the line will wear out if it suffers too much abrasion and cold water. Therefore, if you want to use it in cold water (and in the weather), you will need a thicker and stronger line. Of course, fish prevent thick, straight lines from protruding from the surface of the water, and they will have little luck catching something.
Here it is useful if you have a fluorocarbon line, which is virtually invisible while submerging in water (and below the surface line). However, remember that these fluorocarbon lines are not as durable as some normal fishing lines and may not be able to withstand heavy fish.
Then, after taking a look at these details, you may wonder what is the best fishing line that exists and if there is such a thing. Well, there is. Basically, a very strong and durable fishing line is the braided line. It has 3 to 5 times more force than the normal monofilament fishing line. It is also much stronger than the fluorocarbon line. These braided lines can support a huge weight of 50 pounds, which is really impressive.
An important note about the strength of the line is that the knot seems to be the weakest point of any fishing line. To improve the durability of the lines, you can tie the hook to the line using a closing knot. If you plan to fish for fish weighing more than 50 pounds, we recommend that you bring two reels: one of 50 and the other of 100 pounds.
Leaving the subject of fishing lines, we need to talk a little about the hands. It is true that you can make your own fishing hooks from any hard material, such as wire, bone and even wood. The results can be unexpected and unpredictable, so keep that in mind. Of course, commercial hooks are much better and more reliable than any other made by hand. There are enough accesses so you hardly need to do something like that, when you can simply buy it (and it will be far superior to any handmade hook).
Also, consider keeping different types of hooks in your survival fishing gear. There are straight hooks and triple hooks, and both have different uses and applications, which can be useful in different situations.
Other useful things for your fishing kit are the multiple tool and a pocket knife (or even a single edge) so you can cut the cord (fishing line) when necessary. It is useful for removing scales and cleaning the fish when it caught it. A traditional nylon string reel can also be useful, especially when you have already caught the fish and need to retain it. Not to mention that you can cheat to catch more food.
The multiple tool is a great item with several purposes and uses, and can be useful in almost any complicated situation. Of course, you will find a lot of multiple tools in the market or on the web, and this can discourage you from buying any for the risk of buying the wrong type.
To help you with your choice, we can at least guide you to those who have these three important components: A metal file, needle clamps and a knife. You can have a separate knife if you wish (and it is actually highly recommended to have a bigger and sturdier knife).
The metal file will be useful for sharpening the edges of your hooks. They do not stay sharp all the years that you have them and bored with time. Therefore, using the file will be great to bring them back to life.
The pliers are excellent for cutting the line, hooks or other elements that have been hooked to something. They are also invaluable if a hook or other item is deformed and must be replaced correctly. You can also use it to join your leads to the fishing line or even try to tighten a knot. As long as you have imagination, you can use pliers in a wide range of situations.
Of course, in your fishing kit you will need fishing. bait. Such can be worms, insects of any kind, crickets and even small flies. The fish are attracted to any kind of insect and itch. Of course, you must be prepared to wait for hours until you catch your first fish. You can also use small fish to attract and catch larger fish. Raw meat is also attractive to some fish, such as catfish.
If your worms or other bait is over, you may want to consider packing salmon eggs. They are very attractive to other predatory fish. You can put them in a glass jar and use them if all your other baits are finished.
When you have caught your fish, tie a nylon cord around its gills through the mouth. Keep it in the water so it does not escape, but stay alive.
Also remember that bread crumbs, fruits or pieces of nuts on the surface of the water can be a good way to attract the fish that surround it. This can be a set point for real fishing.
Articles of secondary importance
A good trick to attract fish can also be to use a decoy. This is artificial bait (that is not alive) and at first it may seem counterintuitive. But it still works. It moves up and down on the water surface that imitates frogs. You can attach some floating attributes by tying them with an elastic band and using some of the hooks you have on hand. This will add a bit more realism to your floating bait and make it look like a real creature.
You can also attach a slightly heavy rock to sink into the bottom of the river. There are fish that seek to pray alone in the riverbed. So if you want to maximize your capture possibilities, try that too.
Another artificial bait you can use is plastic worms. And if you cover the plastic worm with smelly attractants like garlic oil or another similar one, your bait will be almost real for other fish. It is recommended that you do this only when you have run out of live bait and have to use the artificial bait you have.
It is important to pull the fishing line from time to time so your bait does not look totally dead or invisible. Pulling the rope causes it to move up and down the riverbed, which attracts the attention of other fish. Since you do not know if you caught a small fish with this method, you will have to use a recovery method: throw more and more until your artificial bait is on the surface. Re-launch it and repeat this process until you catch something. Do it slowly, otherwise, sudden and abrupt movements may seem aggressive and the fish will not approach your lure.
During the recovery process, when your bait has already reached the surface of the water, be careful and allow it to remain on the surface for a while (a few minutes) and observe if there is any unnatural movement of the line. If so, then there is a high probability that you have caught a fish. Then, now is the time to pull a little harder and harder so that the hook is put in place.
Another interesting lure you can do is use a simple metal bottle cap. This is a very easy method and it works even in currents and currents. Take the lid of the bottle and try to fold it in two by pressing it inside (so that the printed label is on top). It will look like the body of a fish (without the fins).
Place holes in the two sharp ends (the areas and # 8216; head ‘and tail’ of your artificial fish) and attach one end to one hook and the other to the fishing line. In this way, it will remain upright and appear as if it were swimming. This is especially true if, as we mentioned, you are fishing in a stream.
If you want to catch more fish, this may mean putting more bait and using more fishing lines and hooks. That’s why having at least 40 hooks in your fishing gear is not only wise but also mandatory. As we said earlier, have several reels, so you can join multiple fishing lines to some nearby tree branches. Place the hooks at the same distance and place the end of the cable in the water. You will end up with a straight line with hooks. And while doing something else, the fish are attracted to the bait and you will have fish in less than 30 minutes without doing anything extraordinary.
As long as you are out of the live bait, and your artificial bait does not work (or you have not packed it), you can use what the earth around you provides. Dig around some worms, centipedes and other insects and use them. Another good idea is to use leeches or minnows. Attach the hook (they have to be alive) and leave them in the water. Your swimming movement will immediately attract some nearby fish.
After everything we said about lines, baits and hooks, we have to move on to other tools of secondary importance. This does not mean that they can be easily omitted, but rather: they can not be fished without a fishing line or a hook, but they can be caught without secondary tools.
One such useful tool is the lead. It is an object with a little added weight, hence the name, sinker. It gives a bit of tension to your fishing line and will drag it a little towards the bottom of the river (or lake). In fact, many fish prefer to swim in medium waters or stay at the level of the riverbed. If a fish comes to the surface it is because they simply sunbathe. So, in order not to lose your prey, use a sinker and you will surely have increased the fish trapping changes.
In addition, you will need a metal container with an easy-to-remove lid, but still keep all your equipment in one place. You can even keep your live bait in it. Other useful tools can be clips, elastic bands, safety pins, etc. You never know when these small and seemingly insignificant tools can be useful.
So, what would be the best metal container? Usually this is the Altoids. These small and compact containers are excellent and are used by many survivors, from hikers who keep valuables in first aid kits, to survivors prepared to live on fish. Altoids has many purposes. In this case, they will contain your articles and equipment safely.
The reason why it is a good option is that it is small and you can be sure that your articles stay together and organized. After all, their tools are often very small and can be complicated if they are lost somewhere. Even if you prefer to use a plastic bag, this may not be the safest way, since plastic bags can tear with sharp objects and your items may spill.
On the other hand, you can order your items and place them in small plastic bags (with zipper) and then place all the bags in the Altoids. This will prevent them from mixing too much and becoming entangled.
So far you may be thinking that it is too complicated to create your own survival fishing kit. What would be great now is if you can do it from someone else.
Finally, we can advise you, if you have never gone fishing before, to try it first under safe test conditions. Do not leave that valuable training for the survival situation you may encounter in the future. If you go hiking or camping often but have no experience in fishing, this is the time. The next time you go camping, try the above items and advice and see how things are going.
You may have to learn many tricks and tactics, from how not to scare the fish to some more advanced tactics, such as climbing a tree and fishing from a tree branch. And remember, practice makes perfect. Do not despair if you can not fish from the first few times. Try as many times as you can and practice with an experienced fisherman. The next time you are in a critical survival situation, you will have more experience and can prepare your own food.
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