If you were stuck in the middle of the wilderness or had a car breakdown on the side of a remote road in the mountains, would you have the right gear to be able to survive? Would you be able to find food to keep you alive?
Many of us rely on our bug out bags or every day carry kits as our go-to gear for when things get real, but if your set-up doesn't include a survival fishing kit, I would recommend you consider adding a simple fishing kit to your gear.
If you had a micro fishing kit, you could catch your own food without having to rely on external help. A survival fishing kit is one of the most important things you could have in a bug out bag because it allows you to acquire a virtually limitless supply of one of the most important items of any survival kit - food!
Essential elements of a fishing kit
Before you make or buy your own micro fishing aid kit, you ought to understand the basics. Every survival fishing kit, whether super elaborate or bare-bones has the same basic components in some capacity. Here’s what you need:
For a survival fishing kit to be useful, it needs to be easily accessible. Thus, you need to be sure that your entire kit fits nicely into a small container. There are a variety of different options to choose from as anything from an Altoids tin fishing kit to a small vial could make a great container.
2. Fishing line
You can’t catch your fish without fishing line, so it’s important to have some in your kit. Fishing lines come in a variety of different sizes, so you first need to figure out what kinds of fish live in your local area and acquire the appropriate line.
Fishing line isn’t terribly useful without hooks, so be sure to get a set that is appropriately sized for the fish in your area. It’s useful to have a variety of sizes, though, but when in doubt opt for the smaller sizes.
Sinkers are used to add weight to your fishing line, hook, and lure and can be used to improve your cast and/or help anchor the lure to the bottom of a body of water to attract certain fish.
Bobbers and floats can make the lure float at a certain depth to attract particular fish and can make it easier to find your line while it’s in the water.
Swivels are critical pieces of fishing gear because they prevent tangling in your line. They can help prevent this frustrating occurrence, so they’re certainly worth packing.
You won’t attract fish without lures, so be sure to have a variety appropriate for the fish in your area.
A knife or blade is an invaluable tool for fishing as it allows you to actually prepare eat what you’ve caught. You might have one in your bug out bag, but it’s worth having a spare in your fishing kit, just in case.
How to make your own fishing kit
Now that you know what should be included in your survival fishing kit, let’s talk about how you could make your own. Once you understand the essentials of a micro fishing kit, it’s just about piecing it all together.
First things first, start with some research on the types of fish that live in your area. Sure, it would be amazing to have a fully stocked fishing kit complete with every hook size and lure type available, but that’s just not feasible when assembling something that’s small and portable. Rather, you want to be most prepared to catch fish that live in your area as that’s where you spend most of your time.
That being said, once you have an idea of what fish you're working with, it's time to assemble your kit. The best place to start is by acquiring some sort of container to put all your gear in, like an Altoids tin. Once you know how big your kit is, you can determine how much you can reasonably fit inside it.
The most important things to include in your fishing kit are the eight essentials listed above. If you have extra space, consider adding a variety of sizes and types of the most important things in the kit, like the hooks and the lures. This will help ensure that you have an adequate spread of materials with which to catch whatever comes your way.
Premade fishing kits
While making your own fishing kit can be a fun and rewarding task, many people don’t have the time or the energy to assemble their own kit. Plus, many people might not have the fishing expertise necessary to determine what individual items are worth including. Thus, premade first kits are an incredibly useful option for many Preppers. Here are some of the best:
This fishing kit from Vigilant Trails includes all of the gear you need to catch fish in an emergency situation. Perfectly packed into a small, portable tin, this kit is ready when you need it.
Packed with a variety of different lures, a fish float, sinkers, swivels, a knife, and 10 assorted hooks, this is a perfect do-all kit for the survival fisherman.
The best part about this kit is that it comes with 100 feet of 10-pound premium grade monofilament fishing line and 50 feet of 20-pound monofilament fishing line which is conveniently pre-spooled for easy use. Plus, this kit even has Vigilant Trails' own Fishing Line Winder which makes a great substitute for a traditional fishing rod without affecting a person's ability to cast and retrieve.
B.O.S.S. Fishing and Hunting Kit
If you’re looking for a kit that can do it all, then look no further than this awesome selection of gear from B.O.S.S. Designed to be the ultimate compact fishing and hunting kit, this 127-piece kit could help you get through some tough circumstances.
Complete with a full set of fishing essentials, this kit has floats, lines, sinkers, swivels, lures, and more. The best part about this fishing set up? It comes with a yo-yo fishing reel, which can make a big difference in a tricky situation.
Plus, this kit even comes prepared with a few hunting tools to help you catch whatever you can. The slingshot, ammo and snare line could be invaluable if you aren’t having any luck on the water.
If that wasn’t good enough, all of this great gear comes packed away in a compact waterproof pouch. B.O.S.S. makes fantastic survival gear for bug out bags and every day carry kits, and they certainly brought their A-game with this fishing and hunting kit. This kit could be great for a Prepper who always wants to be ready, regardless of the situation.