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    Fishing may be one of the easiest ways to obtain food in a long-term survival situation. A simple fishing kit can provide all you need to catch fish, frogs, turtles, and crayfish. It can also be used to catch small game and birds. The size of the kit will depend on the size limitation of the survival kit it will be apart of. This thread is dedicated to the items that are recommended for fishing kits. Please list the items you have used and why they can be useful in a survival kit.

    Here are a few items I like...

    Hooks: Bait hooks sizes 4, 6, 8, 10 for use with live bait. Fly hooks (scud type) sizes 10, 18, 26 for catching creek chubs, minnows, and small fish. Jig hooks for plastic jigs. Aberdeen hooks (4x long shanks) sizes 6, 8, 10 for use with minnows and making lures.

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    Jigs: Soft plastic jigs rigged on three different jig hooks. These jigs can be purchased with fish attracting scent.

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    Trout Fly: Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph size 10. Great all purpose fly plus it doesn't get damaged when packaged.

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    Bass Poppers: size 8 or 12.

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    Power Bait worms and grubs: These scented baits can be used in a pinch, just store them in a small 1"x2" ziploc.

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    Fly Fishing Tippet/Leader material: comes on a small flat spool for easy storage. Can be purchased in fluorocarbon for low visibility.

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    Split-shot: for lightly weighting line. Fintail type are best for removing.

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    Frankly, I've given up my fishing kit. I picked up a couple of nets that I can either set up or use to seine with. To me, setting up a net gives you the ability to do other things while the net fishes for you. It also gives you the option of setting it up for birds. For streams, I still like the weir concept.

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    Nets are definitely one way to go and can be an effective method. I have used my mosquito headnet as a dip net to catch minnows and crayfish. I like line & hook kits though as I feel they can be more visitable and take up less room.
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    There are two other types of fishing line that can be useful in a survival fishing kit; Braided Line and Floating Fly Line. Braided line can be tipped with some mono-filament and is less likely to tangle in some applications. Braided line, black, is also great for traps. A section of floating fly line, 15-20 ft long, can be used to make a simple fly rod.

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    Another item I like for the fishing kit is Ice Fishing jigs. Their small, weighted, and can be used with or without bait.

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    Common Live Bait:

    Earth Worm

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    Grasshopper

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    Cricket

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    Frog

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    Hellgrammite

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    Crayfish

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    Minnow

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    Fish traps that are commonly apart of survival kits:

    Fishing YoYo

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    Speed Hook

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    Cool stuff. I'm a net lover myself.
    I had a compass, but without a map, it's just a cool toy to show you where oceans and ice are.

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    Another net option is a small mesh gill net. I have/had several but do not recall now where I bought them. I deal as a set and forget food trap while you do other things. I have often read articles by "suvival experts" that say net fishing is the most effective means of gathering food. I remember as a kid in the creek through my uncles farm I could net virtually any fish type in that creek just using a minnow seine.

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    I just got my new "speed hooks" I like them much more than the Yo-Yo as I can use them for a lot of different snares as well. I also need to pick up some new power bait. As to fishing line, and we are talking about survival scenarios, I only use "Spyder line" and only in the 65 lb to 80 lb test line. I'm not sport fishing here!
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    I've made minnow/crawfish traps from hardware cloth, netting, chicken wire, cokebottles, sticks n string and just about anything else you can imagine since I was a kid. between that and a cast net I seldom lacked live bait. Learned to tie a few flies from an uncle but havent done alot of fly fishing. grubs spoons jigs and worms were my lures of choice. Spin cast reels on a graphite rod,soda can and string, or a canepole makes me no nevermind...just gimmee water with fish and I am a happy camper. Bought a yo yo but have yet to try it, keep forgetting to dig it out and bring it along.
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    My favorite fish bait is Ex Lax. You just crumble it up and throw it in the water, and when all the fish crawl up on the bank to take a Rick, you just hit them in the head with a stick!

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    and that qualifies as humor because?
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    It looks like I might have to do some house cleaning.

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    Hey, Crash - I thought your hand reel probably belongs in this thread. I looked but I couldn't find the post.

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    Nice Video and Kit Crash! That kit may be hard to hold a throw net though, you know many people like those nets.
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    I prefer using nets. Just my opinion.

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    Neat video crashdrive. I will make one this week.

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    Here is the mini fishing kit that I keep in my PSK. It contains 25' of 14lb mono, 25' of black nylon fishing line 15lb test. An assortment of flies and bare hooks, some split shots, it all fits in a small plastic tube.
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