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Survival Diva here to talk about a subject close to my heart—fishing. This form of recreation is not only a relaxing and popular pastime, but in a crisis, it can be a lifeline. In fact, those of use who were fortunate enough to have been introduced to fishing early on should be thanking whoever it was that had the patience to teach us!
In my case it was my mother who taught my siblings and myself to fish and it was no surprise to us when she shared her love of fishing and the wilderness by authoring several books on Alaskan fishing and backpacking (although she later admitted she didn’t share all of her favorite fishing holes). It was from her we learned to hunt and fish and develop a love of the wilderness.
Some species of fish contain as much or nearly as much protein per ounce as beef, pork or chicken. Fish even contains more protein than beans! Fish can be dried, smoked or home canned to preserve it. Should you find yourself having to evacuate your home, even for a short while, fishing can provide the protein you and your loved ones need.
Actually, when you think about it, although there will be more fishermen out there, we aren’t likely to be competing with commercial fishing operations after a disaster. Not when the gasoline and diesel isn’t easily available at affordable prices. In a widespread survival situation, it isn’t likely we’ll be asked to produce a current fishing license. When people are desperate and hungry and the grocery shelves remain empty, it’s likely that laws will be relaxed formally or through widely known non-enforcement.
All in all, this means more fish for those of us industrious enough to set aside the minimal equipment we’ll need for fishing before a crisis strikes. And if the potential of wild game becoming depleted concerns you, fishing is a viable solution—provided you live close to a clean waterway. Even when game is plentiful, most avid hunters will admit they don’t always bag their quarry. Fish will fill out the lean times and will offer variety to mealtimes.
It Takes Experience and the Right Gear
If you haven’t already, you will need to learn how to bait a line, to free yourself from a snag, what the indigenous fish are in your area (which will tell you what test strength fishing line you’ll need, and what they’re likely to bite on, such as fish innards, bugs, leeches, grub worms, earth worms, flies, lures, fruit, corn, putrid meat, etc…), what time of the day they are most active and how that changes during the changing seasons, and where they usually hide out—such as a deep, shaded pool of water when it’s hot outdoors. This varies per species, waterway, and climate. But even knowing these things, there’s no better teacher than just getting out there and doing it! So the rule here is to practice, practice, practice.
(David’s note: It will also tell you some of the finer points–as an example, if you’re hunting a fish that can’t see below it’s body, you have to make sure that your bait/lure is at or above the level where your target fish are.)
Getting set up for substance fishing doesn’t cost much, but beware; many survival kits that supply emergency fishing gear only include a limited amount of small hooks and sinkers—otherwise known as weights—and typically the fish line supplied is minimal and many times is of light test strength. In a survival situation, when hunger may be an issue, spending precious time to land a few small fish to pan fry may not do the trick. Instead, consider a minimal investment in 50lb. test strength braided commercial fishing line that will let you land smaller and larger fish. That way, whatever makes a grab for what’s on the end of your hook can be reeled in without it breaking your fishing line. Heavier test line also improves the odds that an underwater obstruction or jagged rocks won’t break your fishing line.
As we are all too aware, many preparedness items are expensive, but that isn’t necessarily the case with fishing gear. Have a look at the list below, paying close attention to what you might want to carry in your go-bag to get the job done that doesn’t take up a lot of space. I have listed several test strengths for fishing line, but your needs will vary, depending what you plan to fish for. Because fishing line is cheap, I personally keep a variety on hand.
100 lb. test strength commercial line for monster fish (this may not apply to your area).
50 lb. test strength braided commercial fishing line for large fish like sturgeon and large cat fish.
10 lb. test strength braided fishing line for smaller fish.
Assorted sizes of bait holder hooks.
Assorted sizes of treble hooks (good for snagging in an emergency situation when all bets are off).
Assorted sizes of swivels.
Multi-tool with pliers and single-edged knife blade—used for hook removal and scaling and cleaning the fish.
Assorted sizes of led sinkers (AKA weights)
Assorted plastic bates
Bobbers (AKA floats)
Telescoping fishing rod & a reel—or for those who plan to stick to the basics or want a set up that takes less space, a tree limb can be used in place of a fishing pole. Automatic fishing reels are sometimes suggested for survival situations, but these come with an irritating failure rate. If you go this route, the cost varies from around $9.00 and goes up into the hundreds.
¼ inch mesh screen material to make a minnow or crawdad trap—you can use fish guts or offal to attract crawdads.
Gigs (gigs have a harpoon-type, multi point spear head. A branch or tree limb can be used for the handle)
Fish Net—these may not be as necessary for every-day fishing, but in an emergency situation, they can be used for dip netting—the larger the better in this case. The downside is they are cumbersome and will take up space.
Nylon cord/rope that can be used as a stringer.
Tips: To keep fish fresh, you can make a stringer with small-diameter cord or rope that is threaded through the gills. Keep caught fish submerged in the cooler temperatures of a lake or a river, preferably in a shaded area. This will help to preserve the meat longer.
For those living in northern climates, having the gear to ice fish would be beneficial, but if you haven’t actually spent a couple of winters ice fishing–hopefully with a seasoned fisherman– then it’s time to do so. Ice fishing can be unforgiving for those who aren’t aware of the danger signs before treading on a frozen body of water (there is NO such thing as completely safe, but you can greatly increase your odds by learning the basics).
As with most prepper-related subjects, nothing replaces practical experience , but do so with caution and it’s always best to partner with someone who knows what they’re doing.
The Basics of Ice Safety
Ice needs to be at least 4 inches thick before you can safely walk on it–and that often means NEW ICE because old ice that has begun to thaw or has begun to decompose may require a thickness of 12 inches or more before you can safely walk on it. Always check on the composition and condition of ice first!
Ice should be at least 5 inches thick for a snowmobile or an ATV and the same rules apply with regards to checking on the condition of old ice before proceeding onto it.
A river is riskier to walk on, even after it’s frozen sufficiently, than it is for lakes because the water current beneath the ice can weaken it in spots, particularly around a river bend where the current is swiftest.
Beware of pre-existing snow loads. The weight of snow puts an extra burden on the weight load ice can bear and your body weight may be all it takes for it to give way. Snow loads can also insulate the ice pack on a river or lake, warming it, thus weakening it.
Ice doesn’t freeze uniformly. Keep a watchful eye for standing water and bubbles. That’s a danger sign of thinning ice!
Never go it alone. If you should miscalculated and go through the ice, your chances of rescue goes up when you buddy up.
What You’ll Need To Ice Fish
There are only a few things to add to your existing fishing gear must-have list to ice fish. It’s likely that you already have warm clothing, but if you don’t have long johns, a warm coat, warm boots, socks, hat, gloves and a ski mask, it would be wise to add them at the top of the list. From there, all that’s left to consider are the following:
A manual or gas powered ice auger is a must have. A manual ice auger can be purchased for as little as $50 for a small manual ice auger, and the price goes up from there. The smaller augers weigh around 6 lbs., therefore they won’t load you down all that much. The cons of a manual ice auger is the upper arm and shoulder strength they require and the going only gets tougher the thicker the ice is.
A gas powered ice auger is much easier to cut through the ice with, but first you need a reliable source of unleaded gasoline and 2-cycle oil. Their down side is, as with many power tools, they can experience mechanical failure. The cost for a smaller gas-run ice auger starts around $300.00 on up for the larger cutting bit styles. Many die-hard ice fishermen that use a gas-run ice auger also carry a manual style for backup. For prepping purposes, it doesn’t hurt to keep a replacement blade on hand.
A large plastic bottle, such as an empty bleach bottle, with a long length of braided nylon rope attached to the bottle and stuffed inside it for carrying purposes can be used for rescue should anyone fall through the ice. Other items you might consider carrying for ice fishing safety would be an ice pick or a hockey stick, both of which can help you get out of freezing water should you fall through the ice.
(David’s note: One thing to remember is that in a pure survival situation, you may be able to use methods of harvesting fish that aren’t currently allowed for most desirable fish due to how effective they are, such as traps, trot lines, gill nets, archery, gigging, speargunning, etc. I would suggest practicing these methods where you can–such as harvesting carp with a recurve bow if it’s legal where you are–and get a solid understanding of other “not fair” methods of harvesting fish. You MAY have the time now to spend hours at a time fishing, but in a subsistence situation, you’ll probably need to maximize the efficiency of how you feed yourself.)
I’d love to hear from fishermen on the forum who have their own advice about fishing for survival! Have you planned ahead for substance fishing, or are you in the planning stages? Please share your thoughts and experiences by posting below!
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God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva