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Survival Fishing – Top Tips for finding Fish during a Survival Situation

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No one sets out hiking or camping on a good day hoping to find themselves in an emergency, but if and when it happens, you are better off knowing a few survival hacks to get by with until help comes along. One of the most pressing needs that may occur is that of food. Sure, you can make do with enough water which is easier to come by, but what if you are stuck in that situation for longer than you envisage, it is time to get a little more creative.

Fishing is one of the biggest recreational hobbies that exist in the world today and an even bigger commercial industry, attracting participants in their millions. This activity is known to have started as a survival skill developed by the early man in their quest for food gathering and hunting. When in a new, challenging environment, your survival instincts take the reins and innovation follows.

That is how fishing came to be and in the wake of the jet age, the hobby has increased the demand for the production of fishing gear, specialized for a wide range of fishing methods. The good news is that you do not have to be a professional angler to find fish during a survival situation.

In such situations, you may find a lake, pond or stream with fish nearby, and they are a safer option to eat than gambling with unknown plants. Those may be poisonous. Curated in this piece are all the safety tips you need to catch a fish in a survival situation, using more accessible improvised materials as gear and knowing the right place to look.

Fishing: The Where

Finding fish in freshwater locations is easier than prying in the open sea, and the first secret to finding fish is knowing that they move around in groups know as schools. Most species hardly move without company and this makes spotting them much easier.


In warmer months, the fish come to the water surface to enjoy the sun and you can easily reach for anyone on sight. Colder months send fish deeper down the water for warmth, and some migrate far away. Fish are also known to lurk around submerged structures like rocks, tree roots and aquatic vegetation. Look in shallow waters first before wading into the deeper middle.

Fishing: The How

It is not enough to know where to find fish. The how is what matters the most, and there are a few ways to land a catch without a rod and line.

  • Hand Fishing: This is the most hands-on method of catching fish in a survival situation, and the most primitive. The goal is to reach your hand in the water and wiggle your fingers around a bit to simulate a worm’s movement. This will attract your target (usually a catfish) to bite. You can protect your hands from bites and scratches by wearing gloves (if you have them). If you don’t prepare for the bite and make your target grabbing as swift and neat as possible. If you are reaching into murky waters, you have to cover your hands. If you are looking in holes and they have two ends, cover one end with one hand and let the fish come out through the other.
  • Spear Fishing: This is another primitive fishing method that can come in handy during survival situations. You need aim and precision in this exercise, but that is not as challenging as getting a stick sharp enough to pierce through a fish on the move. A pocket knife is very handy in situations like. When your improvised spear is ready, aim below the fish and make your throw powerful and short-range.
  • Poison Fishing: This should be a final resort only, and should be carried out in small water portions to prevent pollution. Natural poison can be derived from plants; stay off lethal chemicals as they are poisonous to the fish, and you.

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