One of the blogs I read recently had a guest post on survival fishing. But they were discussing rod and reel fishing.As a survival plan this in my humble opinion is a poor plan. Possibly to feed yourself.However most of us will have more than just ourselves to feed.With a rod and reel you are covering one little area. What if the fish are not in that area,aren't in the mood for bait you are using,etc? While I like rod and reels and in fact have a bunch yeah one of my obsessions. If needing to feed many I would setting trot lines or some call them trout lines.Trot is correct but no matter. Trot lines are a long heavy main line 200 lb test or better with many dropper lines spaced a foot or so apart. Set lines are are just a heavy line tied to something so fish cant pull it in.Limb lines obvious line tied to limb.Yo yo's are a mechanical reel you tie to a limb or solid tie off it sets the hook and keeps tension on fish for you.If fishing a lake or pond jug lines old bleach,milk,laundry soap,pop,etc bottle with a drop line is tossed out.Large buoyant jug wears fish out.You row or wade out pulling up jug.
There are many ways to fish. Set traps be they hardware cloth (heavy mesh) live trap that fish swim in but can't get out.Setting conibear or similar type trap to actually slam shut on fish.
Bait can range from food you may have little pieces of bread or dough to catch minnows then put them on hooks to catch larger fish.You can catch grasshoppers and crickets.Many ways to catch them if not familiar Research it.Grubs can be dug up.Maggots from dead animals can be harvested,yuuck but we are talking survival here no time to be squeamish.Crawdads are prime bait for many fish.These can be hand caught,trapped,or use fishing pole.
Use your imagination so many ways to catch fish.I have barely scratched the surface.Water is not just for fish either! Crawdads,frogs,turtles,muskrats,beavers,nutria,snakes,geese,ducks.All can be found above or below the water.All are edible,some are actually top end eats.Yuummy.Fishing is not just a rod n reel.
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