We usually discuss the joys of fishing for fun, but there are instances that occur that require fishing for survival. We don’t want our readers to be ill prepared in a situation like that. And, therefore, we have created this list of important tips for fishing in a situation that is less than desirable.
Before you ever allow yourself, or find yourself, is such a circumstance, be sure you have invested in the best knife sharpener. Having a sharp knife is imperative to your survival, as you will need to fillet the fish you catch. And, you may even need that knife as a defensive measure. Ensuring that it is as sharp as it can be, is highly advisable. Picking out the right knife is a good idea too. We have some suggestions about that.
Picking the Right Survival Knife
We are trying to prepare you for the potential to be in a life or death situation. If you have read Revelation you know that the end times will be challenging for all who remain. And, even if the circumstance you find yourself in isn’t as apocalyptic as that, it’s a good idea to have already chosen a good knife. So, here are some tips for picking the right survival knife:
- Size- Choose one that is 9-11 inches in length. A 5” blade is suggested.
- Fixed Blade– These offer greater durability than your typical folding kind.
- Full Tang– That means the blade and handle are one continuous piece. They are harder to break.
- Sharp Pointed Tip– Good for defense and hunting.
- Single-Edged with Flat-Ground Spine– Use it to baton through wood, as a thumb rest, and to start a fire with a ferro-rod. Read this.
- Solid Pommel– It’s the butt of the knife and can be used for light pounding.
Now that you know what to look for in a survival knife, it’s time to learn some keys to survival fishing.
How to Fish for Survival
Just about any body of water could be home to fish. And, since most fish are edible, this is probably your best option in a survival situation. It’s also a lot easier than trying to hunt without a firearm. Always carry a mint tin with you because a lure, some hooks and a decent amount of line will fit neatly inside. Packing an emergency fishing kit of this nature with you, whenever you go out into the wilderness, is highly advisable. Now, it is time to learn how to fish for survival:
- Pole- You can make one of these out of a limb. Use the knife you picked, to carve an indention through the circumference of one end of the limb or stick you have chosen. It will hold your line.
- Line– If you didn’t bring the emergency kit and you are near a lake or pond, you might get lucky and find some discarded line along the banks. If not, you can use: thin green vines, dental floss, shoe laces, wire, paracord, or any other available line.
- Hook- You can carve one with your survival knife. Otherwise look for: pins, needles, safety pins, beer tabs, paper clips, thick thorns, or nails. Learn more.
- Lures and bait– Live worms are great; you can dig for them. Bugs work too. If none are available, use something shiny.
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