Survival Fishing

Survival Fishing

G.M.: “Hey, folks. This is Backwoods out here in the… out here in the wilderness again. Today we’re gonna try to show you how to set up a you know, a primitive fishing pole with just a very small amount of gear that weighs less than an ounce. We’re down here by the river and there is lots of fish here. You’re gonna see those throughout this video. All we need is some way to get them.”

“So, what we have right here, and this area here is a really shady area here. There’s a lot of real small maples that are really struggling for light, so they’re long and skinny. I would… if you can find maples, they are a little stronger than say some of the others. They don’t break as easy under stress. Little more limber. So we’re gonna go ahead and take this one. And we’re going to trim it down into you know, just a primitive fishing pole. That’s what we’re gonna do here. Be right back. We’re just gonna knock off little side branches off of it. Just takes a few minutes with a sharp knife.”

“Now, this one here, we have about a good 8 foot of the best end of it. Got a really big branch at the top, where it kind of stems off. We’re gonna go ahead and just terminate it there. You don’t want this to be too thin at the top. A big fish will just break… break your pole. So, that’s ready to work with.”

“Oh yeah. I just pulled out my little survival fishing pack, I just got a little zip lock bag. Back packed these two, outta my pack. It’s very small. Now, I’ll show you what it consists of. First of all, it’s got some hooks. We have… and weights. Kinda stuck them all in the same little pack. These are a little bit larger, these would be hooks you would set for catfish on bush hooks and we’re not gonna do that today. We’re gonna fish for some of these small… smaller brim and small bass that are around the edges. So, but these are a good thing to have. They have… I wanna show you something about that makes them different than you know, the hooks you can go buy at Walmart. And we also carry you know, 80 pound test twine. If you can see, it has a huge eyelid. So, you can use that on very large line, on bush hooks, that’s the one thing. You know, you’re gonna leave those out overnight, you’re libel to catch something really big, so you’re gonna need a big line. That’s why these have big eyes. These are made for commercial fishing, commercial cat fishing. This is the large, we also have some of the smaller ones mixed in there. But they’re… also have the large eye to make it easier to attach to a larger line.”

“Okay and then we have just some lead shot. Here’s something about the lead shot – if you put these in your fishing bag, make sure you get the kind… they have a little pincher on the back where you can reuse them. You know, you break down your equipment when you’re done, you can put it all back into this bag. But it needs to have these little pinchers on the back, so you can reopen them. And it says right on the package, ‘cause this is the package. It says reusable. Get the reusable ones. The other ones are a pain in the butt to try to reuse. We got that bagged.”

“Then we also have a pack of just regular panfish hooks. We got… these are called a cricket hook, they’re size six. I would recommend a size six because it’s gonna allow you to catch you know, a lot more smaller fish and these are actually pretty damn strong. These are a little heavier, gauge wire. So, even if you hook a bigger fish, it’s not gonna straighten your hook out. And just a great, great hook, all around, all purpose. And the next thing I wanted to talk about is the line that we selected for our survival kit. And this is power pro braided line. It is 65 pound test but it’s the same diameter as 15 pound mono-filament. I don’t recommend mono-filament line in your survival… You’re gonna get hung up in the bushes inevitably. And also you know, you have a possibility of catching larger fish. This line also has a million other uses possibly. I’ve just taken a length of… length of it and winded around a piece of wood. Carry it how it is most convenient for you. This is a 65 pound test. The next thing we’re gonna do is, I’m gonna show you how to set up the pole.”

“Alright folks, here’s our pole. You might be tempted just to tie your line on the end down here and you know, get ready to go. Not a good idea. And I want to show you why directly, but never just tie your line to the end, if you… unless you have planned the gear you’re willing to lose. I’ll show you how to get started with it. I’m just gonna go ahead and grab the end of my line. And I’m gonna start way back down here, at the fat end. Just gonna go ahead and just tie a regular knot here, a fishing knot. I use the uni knot. You can find all kinds of directions on YouTube how to tie that, it’s quick and easy. Works real well with braid, there’s a slipknot also. ust tight it, when you pull it. And I’m just gonna turn this, twist this as I’m going with the line there, twisting around the pole. And that’s just to keep it secure to the pole and not you know, dangling around everywhere. And then when we get down the end, to keep it from slipping off, that’s why I left this little… this little knot here on the end. I’m just gonna wrap that a couple times and pull it back over and you know, pull a loop in it, so you can take it back off.

I’m just running the line back through that loop. You can do that a couple times you want, usually once is fine. We’ll do it one more time. Just trying to twist around here. But that’s something as easy to get back out later, so you can save your… you don’t have to carry, if you’re going to the next fishing spot, you don’t have to take this pole. You can pretty much find these anywhere, but you want to keep your line. So, now I’m gonna pull out the line just about… just about the length of the pole. That’s about where you want it. Alright, we’re gonna go ahead and just cut that off. In this case, we’re just gonna put a hook on. This river here is relatively shallow. Most of the fish I’ve seen cruising around are very close to the surface. We’re gonna use that same, same uni knot and just hook to our hook. So, simple things, just get your tight on. And we’ll go fishing.”


“Alright, well I’m gonna show you some worms. A couple of good old Florida wigglers. Let me see, if we catch that big old mud-fish… I don’t know exactly where he went. We’ll keep an eye on it. I’ve chosen this area for a couple of reasons. I’m gonna go over that real quick. I’ve chosen this reasons… for a couple of reasons. A, it’s outside, then in the river. B, there’s a lot of a root and structure around the edge. The fine roots from the cypress trees attract smaller fish and insects, they like that, which attracts the bigger fish. And also, there’s a little spur creek that goes off to my left over here, so it adds a little, small split to the river here. So, it’s got a couple of different things going for it, that’s probably why we call it the big mud-fish up here. I see some fish moving in there now, so I’m gonna go ahead and I’ll see if we can catch one of them here. Yeah, they nibble. I can see a small dash there. Basically that net worm sinks under its own weight and the weight of the hook. They nibble now. Maybe. Well, we got one. He’s a little, little small to eat. Little stump knock, we call them. We’ll put him back.

You know, if we had a bigger rig, we could use him to bait it with. Or we could actually, if we just used him for bait, we could take him and cut him up. Alright, bass that time. I was hoping that we’d get the… obviously he’s not legal size. If you’re in a survival situation, this doesn’t matter. That goes in your fry-pan. It’s a little… worm I pulled it in. See the bass over here to get it. Better luck this time.”

So, anyway, not bad for a maple pole and a piece of string, a hook, going old school. So now, to show you how it’s done. Gonna let that guy wiggling his way back to the river. Make sure he gets in there.




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