Thursday, December 31, 2009

Survival Fishing gear

This is based on the Pathfinder Fishing Kit, but add your own equipment which is applicable to your fishing areas.

Begin with 1" Sched 40 PVC and 2 end caps. The Sharpie is shown to give you an idea of how long it is.

Then wrap 2 30-40ft sections of fishing line around the pipe tying it and then taping it to the tube.

Next drill a hole the whole way through about halfway down the pipe to string through some 550 cord. This is to provide something to wrap around your wrist in case a big fish gets your hook and the kit doesn't jerk out of your hand. This kit isn't for big fish though, it's for smaller panfish. This is, of course, a survival fishing kit and any fish is food, not just the near trophy sized bass.

As you can see, every bit of room in this kit is used. When you shake it, it's so packed that it doesn't make a sound.

On the fishing end, using pill baggies you can get at Walmart, you can bag up sinkers, small hooks, a spoon and 2 flies. I'd hope to use worms I'd find in a true survival situation, but in case I'm unable to or it's too cold, I have alternate ways to fish. The black things hanging out are the ends of the zipties you'll see next.

This end contains 4 zipties, 2 homemade frog gigs, a baggie of cotton & vaseline tinder and a lighter. The homemade frog gigs are made out of coathanger wire. The zipties are used to attach the gigs to stick, and the lighter can not only start a fire to cook up whatever fish or frog you can catch.

So from actually getting a meal of various types of critter to cooking it up, this little kit can do most of it. It's lightweight, fits in a back pocket and is able to supply you with enough material to run multiple lines at once to further increase your odds at getting a meal.

It's small and compact; perfect for the BOB, BOV, or backpack.

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