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As I have said in several forum post about stockpiling survival gear for SHTF, I think fishing supplies should be at the top of the list. That is, unless you live in a desert or hundreds of miles from a water source. In some kind of long term SHTF survival situation, fishing could be an important food source. The better prepared you are to utilize fish as a food source, the better your chances for success.



On the way home from work today, my wife and I stopped by Ward’s Outdoor Supply in Jasper Texas. The store is snuggled in the corner of an Exxon gas station at the northeast corner of Hwy 96 and Hwy 190. To be honest, when I entered the store, I was not expected much, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I was very surprised at the wide selection of fishing supplies that Ward’s had in stock.

This is what I picked up:

3 packages Eagle Claw #3 barrel swivels with safety snap. Each package contains 4 swivels.
A small lure for white perch (aka Crappie)
1 package of 12 baby brush hog green pumpkin pearl
1 package of 8 brush hog plum apple
1 package of 12 baby brush hog pumpkin spice
2 Big’n bait holder – for catfish.


The brush hogs are for bass fishing – I am going to set them up in a weedless Texas rig for fishing around lilly pads and other water obstructions.

The Big’n bait holder has a small piece of mess, with a treble hook on the end. What your supposed to do is use something like cheese or peanut butter for bait, and the mesh holds the bait in place. When the catfish bites into the bait, it gets a treble hook in its mouth.

While on a camping trip to Sandy Creek Park on steinhagen reservoir back in May of 2011, a buddy of mine pulled a Big’n bait holder, put some cheese inside the mesh and threw it out into the water. A little while later my buddy reeled in a blue cat about 14 inches long. We threw the fish back, but catching the catfish showed my that such a device could be used with food scarps to catch catfish.

While camping with my buddy, that was the first time I saw the Big'n bait holder. My thoughts were, lets say you have some expired cheese, peanut butter, spam,,,,, in your shtf food stockpile, why not use those expired foods for fish bait.

Trotline string, something else that I picked up a few days ago was a spool of trotline string. The spool has 580 feet of line on it, and has an estimated strength of 235 pounds. This spool of line can be used to make anything from trotlines, to jug lines, to braided line for something stronger. A few years ago while on a camping trip with my kids, we braided trotline string to make cord to hang our hammocks with.

If you live around a lake, stream, pond,,,, where catfish live, trotline string can make a good barter item during a long term SHTF situation. Trade 100 feet of line for 50 cucumber seeds, 50 corn seed, squash seed,,,,,. The spools come with anywhere from 300 - 500 feet of line on them. This provides a lot of line to play with.

Trotline string also makes a good all purpose line to keep in your truck, camping gear or boat. In a pinch, the line can be braided to make some strong cord.

A couple of years ago my kids and I were on a camping trip. We needed some cord to hang our hammocks from the trees, so we took some trotline string and braided it into cord.

With the above listed items we can fish for perch, catfish and bass. With the catfishing we can make jug lines or trotlines.

For fishing line, I like to keep several spools of fishing line in stock. Some of the spools that I have in stock right now are – 8 pound, 10 pound, 12 pound, 20 pound and 30 pound line.
 

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Hmmm... We have more fishing gear than time to go fishing at the moment. However, this post made me think of a question I haven't seen asked before.

Is fishing line biodegradeable? Will it become too brittle over time to be useful?

The only other fishing gear I can think of that might go bad is some flavored baits.
 

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Good one Kev! I've got 3 large tackle boxes. Each one filled for a purpose. Small panfish, catfish, and Pike/Walleye/Bass + misc. So many fisherman are diehard about 1 type only.
The diehard Bass fisherman or the diehard catfishman, etc. Need to prepare for diversity.

Luckily I stockpiled all my supplies 10 yrs ago, when everything was cheaper. Garage Sales and old Farm Auctions are excellent places to find bargains.

Those old farm auctions often have lots of old lures that make you smile. I have a large minnow seine net hanging on my Family Room wall, which is where all the poles are mounted. Take the hooks off the old antique lures, then use transparent fishing line and hang the antique lures to the seine net. It's a really neat way to decorate a room.

I have plenty of the old metal minnow buckets, and place a small flower vase inside for silk flower arrangements. It adds the "female" touch but keeps to the definition of the room.

Have a few very old antique fly fishing rods/reels (dated around 1880's) hanging above the archways. Then I added a large fish aquarium with bluegill and crawdads.

I've got a blue, a red, and a black old antique kerosene lanterns. Placed them on top of the bookshelves. (and the list keeps going)

Lots of preps right out in the open, but the average person wouldn't "see" it that way. They "see" a decorated room.... not "preps".
 

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Hmmm... We have more fishing gear than time to go fishing at the moment. However, this post made me think of a question I haven't seen asked before.

Is fishing line biodegradeable? Will it become too brittle over time to be useful?

The only other fishing gear I can think of that might go bad is some flavored baits.

Monofilament line degrades rather quickly, braided line lasts much longer.
 

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Hmmm... We have more fishing gear than time to go fishing at the moment. However, this post made me think of a question I haven't seen asked before.

Is fishing line biodegradeable? Will it become too brittle over time to be useful?

The only other fishing gear I can think of that might go bad is some flavored baits.
Mono fishing line can degrade if exposed to direct sun or high heat. I keep 3000 yds spools in the garage without apparent damage, but the line on my reels does become brittle and takes a set after a few years.

So I replace the line on the reel each year.

My braided line seem to last longer.
 

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I have an ample supply of gear and lately I'm stocking up on trout powerbait! I already have a good variety of bass and panfish lures for local waters but my bol is strickly trout country!
 

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Can't agree more Kev! One thing to keep in when stocking up is to get supplies to catch fish without having to sit there with a pole. Trout line like you mention but also cast nets, Seine nets ect. We aren't sport fishing here. Look into how to modify a fishing net to tow behind a small powerboat or a sailboat. For those on gulf and the two coasts don't forget crap traps, pinfish traps. For those in the right location crayfish traps.
 

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Kev, this question doesn't pertain to you, but don't you think that learning HOW to fish is just as important as stockpiling? Not every one knows how to tie their own knots and how to set up certain rigs. I live on the coast and fish every weekend, but I don't think everyone on this board knows how to fish.
 

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Mono fishing line... ...takes a set after a few years.

So I replace the line on the reel each year.
We've had to throw some out due to this before, I call it spool memory.

Wondering how many fish we may have lost due to old monofilament over the years. We usually blame the fish when they break the line :D:
 

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Kev, this question doesn't pertain to you, but don't you think that learning HOW to fish is just as important as stockpiling? Not every one knows how to tie their own knots and how to set up certain rigs. I live on the coast and fish every weekend, but I don't think everyone on this board knows how to fish.
Good point! All the gear means nothing without experience.
 

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Seine nets to get minnows in the shallows is a great, low cost item to stock. I have a mini kit in my GHB and we have lots of tackle here at the house. Im a half mile from the Tennessee River. Lots of protein to tag post-shtf
 

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That was one of the first things I stocked. And getting even more. I have always kept fishing supplies on hand.
 

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Monofilament line degrades rather quickly, braided line lasts much longer.
This not completly true. My father bought a high end line tester a few years ago to test breaking strenth of lines. It is used in industry to test things for breaking points not just for line. We tested all sorts of line to find out who was right about what they sold. Well they were almost always right on the rated part other then 2 cheap brands from wal mart. and some like stren was usally about 2 pounds more then they said. Well we also tested stuff we had over the years from stuff that had been on poles for 10 years with partial sunlight and not. They usally lost about 2 to 3# on there ratings if they were exposed to sun.



but the real shock was Stren from when I was a boy 8# test that had been on an old michell 300 spool in a dark tacklebox. When we tested it it was 8# when bought and when tested it was holding up to 9#. And that was almost 30 years later. So if you keep them in the dark and not exposed to sunlight they will store great as for Stren(which has always been my favorite) and the stuff exposed to sunlight will degread over time. But the main problem is people not checking for blemmishes in there line. We check all the time and can beleive how often we need to take off line to get rid of the blems from running across rocks logs ect ect. Also teeth= from fish.
 

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On monofilament fishing line, extreme heat and sun light is the biggest killer. Line "memory" can be a lesser problem. Line memory is less of a problem when purchasing higher end line instead of the bargin basement priced stuff. You might save some money initially but in the long run you will spend more re-spooling constantly. Unless in actual use, I keep all my Rods and line out of the sun. I can usually make it all season without re-spooling my reels despite a lot of hard fishing (and catching). I can buy my line in bulk and usually use it for a few years before running out of line and having to buy more.

Got to agree with the knowing how to fish part. There is a lot more to fishing than baiting up a hook and tossing it out. All the gear in the world wont make much difference if you dont know how to use it effectively.

I keep a cast net around and prefer it over a seine. It makes catching shad, baitfish a lot easier and can be used by one person. The smaller minnows that I catch make for great crapie bait and the shad and silver dollar sized sunfish make for exceptional catfish bait.
 

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I was lucky enough to find a huge box full of fishing supplies that pretty much covered the whole range from lures, hooks, swivels, weights, spools of line, and even several lead weight molds for pouring your own.

It even had a ronco pocket fisherman still in the box. I walked up a little past noon, so instead of $10 it only cost me $5.

I live within walking distance of a 5000 acre lake, with another 5000 acres of hunting land around it.

I think I got it covered.:thumb:
 

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As I have said in several forum post about stockpiling survival gear for SHTF, I think fishing supplies should be at the top of the list. That is, unless you live in a desert or hundreds of miles from a water source. In some kind of long term SHTF survival situation, fishing could be an important food source. The better prepared you are to utilize fish as a food source, the better your chances for success.



On the way home from work today, my wife and I stopped by Ward’s Outdoor Supply in Jasper Texas. The store is snuggled in the corner of an Exxon gas station at the northeast corner of Hwy 96 and Hwy 190. To be honest, when I entered the store, I was not expected much, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I was very surprised at the wide selection of fishing supplies that Ward’s had in stock.

This is what I picked up:

3 packages Eagle Claw #3 barrel swivels with safety snap. Each package contains 4 swivels.
A small lure for white perch (aka Crappie)
1 package of 12 baby brush hog green pumpkin pearl
1 package of 8 brush hog plum apple
1 package of 12 baby brush hog pumpkin spice
2 Big’n bait holder – for catfish.

YouTube - ‪Stockpiling fishing supplies‬‏

The brush hogs are for bass fishing – I am going to set them up in a weedless Texas rig for fishing around lilly pads and other water obstructions.

The Big’n bait holder has a small piece of mess, with a treble hook on the end. What your supposed to do is use something like cheese or peanut butter for bait, and the mesh holds the bait in place. When the catfish bites into the bait, it gets a treble hook in its mouth.

While on a camping trip to Sandy Creek Park on steinhagen reservoir back in May of 2011, a buddy of mine pulled a Big’n bait holder, put some cheese inside the mesh and threw it out into the water. A little while later my buddy reeled in a blue cat about 14 inches long. We threw the fish back, but catching the catfish showed my that such a device could be used with food scarps to catch catfish.

While camping with my buddy, that was the first time I saw the Big'n bait holder. My thoughts were, lets say you have some expired cheese, peanut butter, spam,,,,, in your shtf food stockpile, why not use those expired foods for fish bait.

Trotline string, something else that I picked up a few days ago was a spool of trotline string. The spool has 580 feet of line on it, and has an estimated strength of 235 pounds. This spool of line can be used to make anything from trotlines, to jug lines, to braided line for something stronger. A few years ago while on a camping trip with my kids, we braided trotline string to make cord to hang our hammocks with.

If you live around a lake, stream, pond,,,, where catfish live, trotline string can make a good barter item during a long term SHTF situation. Trade 100 feet of line for 50 cucumber seeds, 50 corn seed, squash seed,,,,,. The spools come with anywhere from 300 - 500 feet of line on them. This provides a lot of line to play with.

Trotline string also makes a good all purpose line to keep in your truck, camping gear or boat. In a pinch, the line can be braided to make some strong cord.

A couple of years ago my kids and I were on a camping trip. We needed some cord to hang our hammocks from the trees, so we took some trotline string and braided it into cord.

With the above listed items we can fish for perch, catfish and bass. With the catfishing we can make jug lines or trotlines.

For fishing line, I like to keep several spools of fishing line in stock. Some of the spools that I have in stock right now are – 8 pound, 10 pound, 12 pound, 20 pound and 30 pound line.


+1 :thumb: its ALOT better than tradeing ammo. and if you watch the yard sales you can get rods and reels for around $5 :thumb:
 

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Good thread, good reminder.
I have a LOT of fishing gear, but I always keep an out for sales or garage sales.
Some great deals out there.
I have more gear than spare time to use it. lol
I have tackle stowed in lots of nooks and crannies.
For example, anything that I have wrapped with paracord (which is a lot of stuff), is likely to have line, hooks, sinkers, etc. , wrapped up inside of it. Knife handles, folding stocks, kits, packs, boots .... doesn't take much room or add any noticeable weight.
 

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It's always a great idea to stock-up on fishing gear! I'm just not sure my old lady is gonna buy it that I need 2 new poles, a bunch of new tackle for survival purposes. Ha
 
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