Survival Fishing – Introduction
As you begin the process of bringing about dinner, take some basic precautions. “Surviving” is the key word and the overall goal here, so try not to fish in areas frequented by bears, wolves or cougars, as your chances of living though the experience diminish greatly when you pop up on their radar. The smell of bait, fish guts, blood etc. usually serves as a conspicous and resounding BLIP on the aforementioned animal radar – this is a thing to avoid. As always, know your teritory, get advice from the experts and be sure to consult your physician before getting lost in the wilderness.
…now, about the fish…
Keep in mind, that any animal that knows that the name of its species is on the lunch menu of another species will be suspicious by nature. This goes for frogs, insects, deer and, of course, fish. Since death under water comes more swiftly, we should expect natural adaptations for fish to be geared towards avoiding the aforementioned death just as swiftly. Fish are fast, soundless, wary and sneaky bastards that you will seldom see in their natural habitat because:
A) they are masters of camouflage, and
B) they are quick, and
C) they are sneaky bastards.
This makes for a formidable foe that you will have to beat at its own game. Luckly, they all have default behaviors, habits and weaknesses that you will exploit, one of them is this: they love a free lunch.
Having said all that, however, a word of caution is due: survival fishing should not be relied upon as your sole means of procuring food. It’s luck of the draw usually, unless you are calf deep in a salmon run. Your best bet for increasing your chances is to diversify your food procurement strategy to include many methods of gathering food: traps, nets, hunting, wild edibles, bugs, worms, bird eggs, pine needle tea… make sure you are doing it all. Best of all, if you want to survive, stay at home, but just in case that’s not a option, read on.