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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Survival Skills - Fishing

Mrs. RW's Catch

Similar to hunting game animals, fishing originally came about as a way of supplying food for survival. Fishing is well known as far back as the Egyptians around 2000 BC and the Chinese have numerous historical references to fishing that date back to the 4th Century BC. Most ancient civilizations all have historical references to fishing. Today fishing is mainly a sport but can be an essential skill for your survival.

The majority of small survival kits include some type of equipment that enables a person to catch fish as a food source. A length of monofilament fishing line, a few split lead shot or ball sinkers and a few hooks of assorted sizes are found in almost every survival kit. Some even include some basic lures such as small spoons, jigs or plastic worms along with a couple of swivels and leaders.

Like all survival skills, obtaining skill at fishing takes practice and a lot of it. You also can spend time digging for live worms or grubs to use as bait while you’re waiting to be rescued by your friends. In a survival situation, fish are an excellent source of protein, as well as being quite tasty when grilled or smoked on your barrel smoker. You also get to learn additional skills such tying fishing knots like the Palomar knot.

In an emergency situation the rule book will probably be non-existent but you don’t need to be in a survival situation to enjoy fishing. It is a great way to spend time alone or with family and friends. It’s great for relieving tension and stress. You will also be much better off if you learn how to fish in a recreational capacity before you have to take a crash course in an emergency situation.

Be prepared with the essentials when you go fishing to get the greatest benefit and enjoyment from your fishing experience.

BTW, if you’d like to catch a bass like Mrs. RW did in the picture above, you can get some tips on catching bass here:

Bass Fishing Tips

Note: Always observe the local laws, rules and regulations for the area you are fishing. Also check if fishing licenses are required and stick to the catch limits and minimum sizes for the type of fish you will be catching.

Staying above the water line!



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