By: Howdy Davis
up were I left off, survival fishing can be one of the most
fun things you would ever want to do.
Especially with kids.
In fact, I think I'll set up a seminar on it for the
Boy's and Girls Club. That
would be a hoot.
off, make sure you have your fishing survival kit.
This should be a burnt-out can with at least six hooks
( we talked about primitive in the first article), two spools
of linen or silk thread (line) or a resemblance thereof—
strong cord, at
least six lead shot balls cut like split shot for weight on
the line. A few pieces of something that can be used as a
bobber—wine bottle corks come to mind, but you can even use
a twig. I carry some home made small eye screws to control the
line and they can also be used in making snares. My kit is a
combination of snare and fishing. It also includes several
flies that are tied on primitive hooks and are weighted enough
to make them sink part way in the water.
I also have a spool of copper wire of at least twenty
feet for snares All my hooks are stuck into a piece of cork in
order to keep them from making any type of noise or cutting
the line. I stuff
into that can anything else I can think of that will help me
get food. Then I
cheat—I spray everything with 10W40. It’s 100 percent fish
oil and will attract everything under the sun.
Some states have even outlawed it for fishing,
That’s how good it is.
Another thing you can do is; at this time of year my
buddy smokes most of our fish and it's to die for— anyway, I
collect the fish oil droppings and will freeze the skins
(after we eat the fish, of course). This is the best bait you
can use (the oil
for fishing and the skins for trapping). We have been out on
the ice year after year and taken along smoked fish that we
ate and just tossed the skins on the ice. Went back the next
day and found every kind of track you could imagine after
fishing a stream, find a nice pool that has undercut banks.
Look for some bendable saplings about four feet long
close to the bank. If
there are none, cut some and stick them into the ground.
Bend the tree over and tie your line to the end.
Now you must make this: two sticks—they must be about
one inch thick and have limbs. Cut a piece about two inches
long with a limb coming out. This will be your trigger that
will attach to your line. The next stick will be one inch by
about eight inches long with a branch coming out about one
inch from one end with the limb pointing in the opposite
direction from the trigger. Cut all other branches off and
sharpen the end away from the branch you left on. Now your
trigger and your anchor stick should have branches going in
opposite directions one down and one up. Drive the long stick
about four inches into the ground.
Bend your pole over about a foot. Attach your trigger
to the line, then put the trigger under the limb of the anchor
stick that has been driven into the ground.
You may have to do a little cutting on the branch part
in order to make it a sensitive trigger. Now toss the line,
hook, and bait into the water and you’re fishing.
You can also do this on a lake or pond.
You might have to tie a small branch about twelve
inches from the hook to act as a float or to give you weight
to toss your line out into the water.
can also estimate the dept h of the water and simply tie your
line to a stick about two inches round by ten inches long and
just toss these sticks out into the water and let the fish
hook themselves. The only thing with this is you might have to
go swimming in order to get your fish. But if you are hungry
enough you will go swimming.
you prefer to pole fish you cut a bend‑bow about nine fee.
long. If you have
an imitation weighted fly, tie about fifteen feet of line to the
end of your pole. The
end of your line should have your leader of about six feet. Wade
out into the stream and toss your line out—let the current
take it down and now move the tip of your rod as far right as
you can and then as far left as you can very slowly. This is a
proven method of catching fish. Otherwise you can walk along the
water’s edge and catch a bunch of crickets or grasshoppers and
put them on a hook—toss it out and sit and contemplate your
future, which, hopefully, will be a fish on a spit.
you find fish in a back water pool you can take a long pole
about six feet long and wade into the water very slowly and
smack the water as hard as you can on top of the fish and you
will stun it. You must now act fast. Drop the pole and go after
the fish. You should be able to either net it or catch it with
your hands. You
only have a second so grab it and toss it up onto the bank.
Think food. But here’s a warning: don’t count too much on
the fact that you better have a fishing licence if you are
testing this out. Go get a licence and get an extra pole stamp
for a few extra bucks just in case you take an under age kid
along or if you are out getting serious about this. If you are
in a survival situation go for it but remember that you are now
working on a book that will be coming out maybe by next year. It
will be your kind of book:
THE CONFESSIONS OF A POACHER.
I only hope the statue of limitations have run out.
shall return with some tips on snare trapping. Have fun and
remember share all this stuff with a kid.