Fishing for Survival Techniques

Survival Fishing Techniques

In a survival situation, food can be a great morale booster. Good morale can help keep you motivated to survive. If you are lucky enough to have a water source near to your location then fishing is certainly something you should consider as a food source. Fishing in a survival situation is unlikely to be the standard rod and bait method. However with a bit of creative thinking and some good prepping there are some fishing techniques you can use to help catch your next meal.

Stick Fish Trap

What you will need:

  • Sticks
  • Knife

How to make the trap:

  • Collect enough sticks to make your trap (amount will depend on size and number of fish you are trying to catch) sticks need to be at least 10 – 12 inches high to prevent fish from being able to jump out of the trap
  • Sharpen one end of the sticks to a point to make it easier to push them into the ground under water
  • Place the sticks in the water in an almost heart shape – the curved top sides of the heart should form a gateway with an isle which the fish can swim through and into the main body of the trap. This needs to be around 3 – 5 inches long to make sure the fish enter into the centre of the trap. The bottom of the heart should be in shallow water close to the shore.
  • You can increase your chances of success by baiting the trap with insects, smaller fish etc if you are able to
  • If possible you could build a small wall with rocks, stones or similar cross part of the water to help guide the fish into the trap entrance.

The trap works because fish swim into the trap through the gateway but as it is very narrow; they struggle to find their way back out of it. This trap works best in a water source with a current.

Improvised fishing gear:

What you will need:

  • Material to make a hook
  • Paracord
  • A Stick

How to make your gear:

  • Firstly construct your hook. Potential candidates for an improvised hook are: a paperclip, a pop top from a can, twigs – use whatever you can find to make a suitable fishing hook
  • Attach your hook to a line made of the Paracord
  • Bait the hook with any suitable bait you can find – food scraps, insects, worms etc
  • Attached your baited hook and line to you stick and cast it into the water

This is a simple method but can be painstaking hoping that a fish will bite. I would tend to use this where there is an abundance of fish to increase my chances of success.

If a fish is caught – scoop it out of the water with an improvised net or your hand. This will help prevent the line from breaking.

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