Three survival fishing methods from a Bushcraft expert


If you are venturing into a remote area where fishing might be a way to get food, your survival kit should include fishing line, hooks, and small lures. It should be mentioned, however, that while survival fishing gear is smart to take along, it can also give you a false sense of security. Because finding a good place to fish in a survival situation is more difficult than you might expect.

Suppose you find water on a map: you may still have to travel through the bush to get to a river or a rugged lake, or travel along the coastline for miles before you get there. meet a deep place where you can catch fish. Sometimes finding a good place to fish isn’t the best use of your energy in a survival situation when you need to prioritize shelter and fire. That being said, if you get into an accessible fishing hole with a lot of fish, it could save your life.

There are several survival fishing techniques. They range from various styles of fish traps and trotting lines to hand fishing techniques. Below I have described the mechanisms behind three proven methods of survival fishing. Each is basic and requires relatively little rigging. In many cases, it is also legal to use them in non-survival situations. So you can practice them on your own after checking the local fishing regulations.

Survival Fishing Method # 1: Use a Bushcraft Rod

This technique begins with a fishing rod made from a stick and with a line attached to its end. I know it almost sounds too much basic, don’t write that. If the fish is eager to bite and you are in a place where vertical jigging can be effective, a bushcraft rod may be all you need. And if you need to get away from shore in deep water, just use a longer pole.

At the request of its editor, the author sketched this masterpiece to illustrate the line support on a bushcraft rod. Jim baird

How to Fish with a Bushcraft Rod

  1. In order to make a cane that can be cast, start by using the wire from your survival kit to make several line guides along the rod of the cane.
  2. Make a line stand: Find a deeply curved (almost U-shaped) stick about 6 inches long. Make a deep notch at both ends of this stick (see illustration above). Use snare wire to tie this stick to the base of your fishing rod, just below where you plan to grab the rod.
  3. Tie your fishing line to the top notch of the curved stick, then wrap the line around the two curved ends. The grooves you carved will help prevent the line from slipping.
  4. Thread the line through the guides of the snare drum and tie your hook or lure all the way.
  5. To use this rod, first unwrap a row of the stand, allowing it to wrap neatly on the floor. Use the weight of the lure or bait to cast, then retrieve it by untangling the line with one hand while pinching the line against the rod handle with the index finger of your rod hand.

Survival Fishing Method # 2: Crafting a Rig by Hand

The idea here is to create a line storage mechanism for hand angling that allows you to cast and reel the line. A thick stick or log will work here, but it may be easier to use a water bottle. This is how it’s done:

How to fish with a hand rig

  1. Attach your fishing line to the bottle, then wrap the line tightly around the bottle.
  2. To cast, start by holding the bottle near the bottom where your hand will not touch any fishing line. With your other hand, unwind several feet of line and start spinning the lure above your head (imagine a cowboy spinning a lasso at the rodeo here). Let go so that the lure launches into the water, loosening the line of the bottle as it goes. (This survival fishing method certainly takes some practice.)
  3. Wrap the lure or bait simply by wrapping the line around the bottle with your free hand, going fast enough to give the lure some action in the water.

Survival Fishing Method # 3: Pitcher Fishing

This technique is commonly used for catfish, but it can work in a survival scenario as well. I’ve seen this successfully with a bottle and stick, but we’re going with the bottle method. This is “pitcher” fishing, after all. Note: If you are lucky enough to find a bottle in the wild that will work here, use it. This way you don’t have to worry about losing your water bottle.

How to Catch Dinner by Jug Fishing

  1. Attach your fishing line, armed with sinker, hook and bait, to the bottle. You may have better luck with the fish if you set up the rig so that the sinker is at the bottom and the hook is attached a few feet from the weight.
  2. Throw the pitcher into the water, being careful not to let the wire get tangled. (Again, it helps to practice this method beforehand.) If you don’t have a boat, you will need to tie another line to the decanter so you can bring it back to shore once you catch one. fish or when you have to reinstall.

Latest tips on survival fishing

  • Making a survival shot: To do this, twist a piece of snare wire around a rock and add a loop where you can attach it to the fishing line.
  • How to fish a fixed line: This technique will work with all of the fishing strategies described above. I learned this trick from Brook and Dave Whipple after effectively using it to catch multiple fish while surviving season four of “Alone”. This is how it works:
  1. Bring two different fishing line tests in your survival kit, making sure one is significantly lighter than the other – 12 pounds and 4 pounds, for example. (You’ll need a lot less lighter stuff.)
  2. Working with a short length of 4 pound line, tie one end to the sinker and the other end to your stronger monofilament main fishing line. Finish rigging the main line with a hook or baited lure and cast. Let the platform sink to the bottom.
  3. When you catch a fish, there is a good chance that the lead will get stuck during your recovery. But the lighter test line will break with a sharp tug, loosening your sinker while still allowing you to land your fish.

Again, keep in mind that there are nuances and skills that you will need to hone in order to master these survival fishing techniques. This is why it is best to train with them in a controlled environment, so that you are prepared if you ever need to use them for survival. The good news is that these fishing methods are a lot of fun to practice.


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