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Is Hunting Worth It

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There used to be a time when leasing land was cheap, or at least affordable.

There used to be a time when hunters were left at their own discretion with size limits.  Coyotes, wolves and mountain lions are not held to size limits, so why are human hunters held to a size limit?

Which one harms the deer population more, timber companies stripping the land, or shooting a small deer?Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

While at the deer camp this evening I was told a story of a lady who shot a deer with a 12.5 inch inside spread.  She was not sure about the law, so she called the game warden.  When the game warden arrived, he wrote her a $750 ticket, and the lady was charged a $750 replacement surcharge.  Since when is a 1/2 inch worth $1,500?  I guess when the state of Texas says so.

Take your pick:

Option A – shoot a deer that is not quit the legal limit, and risk getting a $1,500 ticket if you take it to the butcher.

Option B – shoot a deer that is not quit the legal limit, and leave it in the woods for the buzzards, maggots, other scavengers and get to keep your money.

To me, no deer is worth $1,500.  But the state of Texas seems to think they are worth that much.

There is an interesting article on Fox News about excessive laws on fishing and hunting.

What it boils down to is the states want to milk as much money as they can from sportsmen.

With the cost of hunting leases and the cost of public hunting permits going up, I do not know if hunting is worth it anymore.  The hunting lease I am on cost around $1,000 a year.  That $1k could be better spent elsewhere, such as property taxes. I think I will keep that $1,000 and the cost of a hunting license and raise my own pigs.

Why should we teach our children how to hunt, when the state wants to milk sportsmen for every penny they can get?

Hobbies For Survivalist

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So you are sitting around the house, nothing is on TV, no new or exciting news on the internet,,,,, what do you do?

You could always play some Skyrim or Left 4 Dead 2. But Left 4 Dead 2 is getting old.

What hobbies can survivalist get into that will help improve our long term SHTF survival skills?

Coin Collecting

Most of us handle money in shape for or fashion just about everyday. Why not get into coin collecting so you can start stockpiling silver and other valuable coins?

Silver and gold have been recognized as being valuable for thousands of years. At one time the US dollar was backed by gold, but now its just backed by a promise. If that promise ever falls through it would be good to have some kind of money that has a real physical value.

Ever though they are getting very rare, from time to time I find a pre-1965 quarter in my change. When I find silver coins they go into storage.

Years ago I used to take my kids down to a pawn shop in Orange Texas to buy them silver dollars and half-dollars.  I was trying to teach my children the value of real money.  Times change, things change, we moved away from Bridge City and Jasper Texas.  The local pawn shops around here do not sell silver coins.


Crabbing Baileys Road Bridge City Texas

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As the people who live in Bridge City, Groves and Orangefield Texas already know, crabbing on Baileys road is a local tradition.

Before the Rainbow Bridge was built there was a ferry that ran between Bridge City and Port Arthur.

Baileys road was constructed through the middle of a marsh. As you are driving down the road, there is a canal that runs parallel to the road on the right hand side, and marsh grass on the left hand side.

When the road intersects Sabine Lake, the road makes a 90 degree turn to the left.

From the 90 degree turn, Baileys road winds along the edge of Sabine Lake for maybe 1/2 a mile or so until the road crosses over a bridge and dead ends.

After the Rainbow Bridge was built, people no longer needed the ferry so it was decommissioned. Even though the ferry was gone, Baileys has remained a popular icon.

There were two buildings on Baileys road: the two story dance hall and the bait store that was next to the boat launch.

Up until the 1990s there was a boat launch and store at the end of Baileys road. I remember my dad launching his boat from the Baileys road boat launch back in the early 1980s. after launching the boat, we would go fishing in Sabine Lake.

After Mr. Bailey passed away, the store and boat launch fell into disarray. I forget the exact years, but someone tried to rebuild the store and get the boat launch going again. In September 2008 Hurricane Ike destroyed the buildings on Baileys road.

Today, Baileys road is a popular place where the locals can go crabbing and fishing.


Skills Every Survivalist Should Know

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Some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event happens, what are some basic skills every survivalist should know?

Trying to balance work, family life and prepping means there is not a lot of free time.  Kids birthday parties, work a garden, go to the shooting range, tend to the fruit trees, go fishing, take the kids to the movies,,, you get the idea.  It would be nice to have unlimited free time to learn survival skills, but free time is in high demand.

If you had to pick certain skills that every survivalist should know, what would those skills be?  After putting a lot of thought into this topic, I come up with a basic list.  This is in no way a definitive or complete list.  Lets consider this list as food for thought.

  • Infection Control (Epidemiology)
  • First Aid
  • Raising Livestock
  • Gardening
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Preserving food
  • How to use firearms

Infection Control (Epidemiology)

Why is infection control (aka Epidemiology) important? When a waterborne pathogen can wipe out a community in a matter of days, we should have knowledge on the most common forms of waterborne infections.

How do you make contaminated water safe to drink? What factors contribute to contamination of a water source?

If someone becomes sick, what is likely to have caused the infection? How do you prevent others from becoming sick?

What is the difference between E. Coli, Shigella and Cryptosporidium? How do we prevent the spread of each type of pathogen?  What factors facilitate the spread of certain infectious agents?


Chickens Fishing and Cooking

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As a survivalist, prepping / survivalism should NOT be a hobby, it is a way of life. What good does it do if you stockpile food, stockpile survival gear, but never practice or test your preps. If you incorporate survivalism into your lifestyle, you will always be testing, planning and looking for ways to improve.

While looking across my backyard this weekend, I realized that part of my preps were not only in the backyard, but how they were part of my life. The three preps I saw were the chicken coop, boat and bar-b-que pit.

Think about that for a minute, the chicken coop and the boat are a source of food. The pit provides a way to cook and smoke meat.

Some people raise chickens for fun, some raise them to know where their eggs and meat came from.  Survivalist keep chickens so our families can have a source of food and protein during a long term SHTF survival situation.  That is how we look at things.  Survivalism is not a hobby, its not something we do on the weekends, its a way of life.

Video about cooking some mac and cheese that had been stored in a mylar bag for 1 year.


On the topic of fishing

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Bass fishing southeast TexasIf you are looking for peace and quiet, few things can compare to fishing.  Casting a lure or bait out into the water, and letting it sit, is about as close to nature that one can get.

Last weekend my wife and I went to Dam B to do some fishing.  As I was casting off the bank, and bass followed my lure up to the bank and grabbed it just before it was supposed to go out of the water.  It was so peaceful and natural, as the bass swam up to the lure and grabbed it.  I wonder how many times that has been replayed over the past thousands of years.

The bass was pulled up, the hook was removed and the bass was released no worse for the wear.  Maybe it will be a little wiser from its experience, but then again, maybe not.

If there is one thing that I like about fishing (besides catching something), it has to be being close to nature.  When the boat is launched, and I head out on the water, there is a certain peace and clam that is over the water.

The water is pure, it knows no violence, it knows no anger, greed, envy, jealously, or hatred.  The water is a friend to everyone, as it treats everyone the same.

From as far back as I can remember, fishing and being close to water has been a part of my life.  My parents would take my brother and I fishing.  When my brother and I would spend the night at our great grand parents house, my great grand father would take us out on the river and run trotlines.

Fishing is more then just “fishing” its a tradition that is handed down from father to son and daughter.

If there is one thing that I have tried to do with my kids, it has to be to take them fishing.

Some wise man once said – Give a man a fish, and you feed him/her for a day.  Teach a man how to fish, and you feed them for life.

Whether my kids took the hint or not, I have tried to teach them how to fish since they were small.  Just as my great grand father used to take my brother and I to run trotlines, so I have tried to teach my kids how to fish.

On the topic of fishing

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While playing around in youtube, I decided to put together a few playlist. One of the playlist is about fishing, and here it is.

To advance to the next video in the play list, click the next button in the bottom left hand corner.

Fishing is something that I was raised around as far back as I can remember. when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old, I remember my mom and dad taking my brother and I fishing around the local ponds. When we moved to Bridge City, my dad bought a boat to take us out on Sabine Lake between Bridge City and Port Arthur.

Now that I am grown and have kids of my own, I have tried to keep that family tradition going by taking my kids fishing.

Fishing is not just about catching something, its also about being in nature, and enjoying the simple things in life. As I am out on the water, there is a certain calm, a certain peace that I feel being out in nature.

When I go into the sloughs of the Angelina River, its like going back in time 1,000 years, or more.  There is just something about being out in nature that can not be described.

Stockpiling fishing supplies for SHTF

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catfish in angelina riverAs 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.

big'n bait holder for catfishing

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.

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.

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.

Post your comments in this forum thread about stockpiling fishing gear for shtf.

Related post:
Camping on the Angelina river
Buying fishing gear
How to organize a tackle box

Bucket for trotlines and noodles

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SHTF fishing supplies for catfish and trotlinesA few weeks ago I posted an article about fishing with juglines after SHTF.  One of the problems is organizing the noodles and trot lines so they are easy to deploy.  In an effort to keep everything together, I bought a 5 gallon bucket.  The bucket provided a way to keep the noodles and trot lines together, but it lacked compartments for holding hooks, weights, swivels and leader material,,,, and other odds and ends.  This problem was fixed on Fathers Day.

On Fathers day my Grand kids picked me out a lid for my 5 gallon bucket.  The lid is made by Plano, its 2 sided, has 6 compartments in the top tray, and the tray is removable for access to a storage compartment.  The compartments are large enough for hooks, weights, swivels,,,, anything that you might need for setting up a jugline or trot line.

Along with the trotline and jugline material for catfishing, I am going to include some supplies for perch fishing, and maybe some stuff for bass fishing.

So, your probably wondering how trotlines or juglines applies to a long term SHTF situation.

Lets say that you live close to a river, stream, lake, pond,,,, anywhere else that catfish like to hang out. Go out to the body of water, and just before dark throw out the juglines. The next morning, just as the sun is coming up, get a boat and head out on the water to collect the noodles.

In the case of a river, throw the juglines in the river just before dark, then launch something like a canoe, go down the river, collect the lines, then return home.

The goal is to let the juglines do the fishing, while your working on something else.

In a long term SHTF survival situation, its important to utilize all of your available resources.  Whether its gathering roots, harvesting fish, hunting, pulling weeds from the garden,,,,,,,,, your going to need to save time and resources when possible.

Post your comments in this forum thread about trotlines and juglines after STHF.

Buying fishing gear

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Survivalist fishing gearWhile my wife and I were doing our Sunday shopping at the local china-mart, I went to the sporting goods section to look at the fishing supplies.   Choices, choices, so many choices.  Should I get some perching supplies, or stuff for catfishing, bass fishing,,,,,.  Do I want supplies for artificial or live bait.

A lot of survivalist stockpile freeze dried foods, food in mylar bags,  canned goods, seeds for a garden and ammunition for hunting.  One thing that I do not see talked about a lot is fishing supplies.  Maybe fishing supplies is a given, that everyone should have fishing supplies stockpiled, or maybe its overlooked by a lot of people?

Fishing supplies bought today:

1.  Zoom artificial lizard, 6″ long, cotton candy color – for bass fishing

2.  Eagle claw hooks, box of 40, size 1/0 – for catfish, noodles and trot lines

3.  Water Gremlin split shot weight – for perch fishing

4.  Eagle claw Barrel swivel with interlocking snap, size 5 – for catfishing, trot lines and jug lines

The supplies bought today cover at least 3 different types of fishing – bass, perch and catfish.

The eagle Claw 1/0 hooks can be used on a rod and reel, trot line, or jug line. If your out on a camping trip, the hooks can be used to fish off the bank, or make up some trot lines or jug lines and set them out overnight.

Now its time for a couple of videos.

In this video lets look at making some noodles, which are like jug lines. After making this video, I revised the way I want to make the noodle lines, but a video about the new design has not been posted yet.

In this video a buddy of mine and I go on a 3 day camping trip on the Angelina River in December of 2010.

How to organize a tackle box

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How to organize a tackle box survival fishing supplies Last night I was going through my tackle box trying to get it a little better organized. The problem was that I had hooks and weights spread out over different section of the tackle box. The top of the box is mostly lures and a few weights and hooks. With the bottom of the box being an assortment of different hooks, weights and other supplies.

Some of the lures in the top of the tackle box include rattle traps, crank baits, beetle spins, and a couple of tiny torpedoes.

After looking through my tackle for a little while, I realized that I fish for about 3 different types of fish – perch, bass and catfish.

For perch I use split weight and small hooks.  To organize my tackle box for perch fishing gear, I bought a small double sided container.  On one side of the container goes hooks, on the other side goes split weights.

Since perch stay in shallow water, I try to keep a small stock of bobbers (corks).

For bass fishing I use artificial bait, like worms and lizards.  A bottom section of the tackle box is dedicated to artificial worms, on top of the worms is a small double sided container like what I keep the perch fishing stuff in.  In this container hooks go on one side and weights go on the other side.

Unlike the round split weights for perch fishing, the weights used for bass fishing are oblong split weights used for making a Texas rig so the bait does not get hung up in the weeds.

For catfish I use a little bit larger hooks then perch fishing and some teardrop weights.  A loop is tied in the fishing line, the end of the loop is inserted through the wire on the weight, then wrapper around the end of the weight.  This makes the weight easy to take on and off the line.

The bottom of the tackle box is where most of the supplies are stored. The lid is mostly for lures, and items that are used a lot, such as finger nail clippers for cutting monofilament line fishing line. When I am using a weedless Texas rig for bass, and its cut off the line, the hook, weight and worm are usually thrown in the lid until the individual parts can be put into their storage compartments.

Extra monofilament line, I like to keep a couple extra spools of monofilament line in the bottom of the tackle box. The spools include:

1 spool 12# test
1 spool 20# test
1 spool 30# test

The 12# is for perch and bass fishing.
The 20# is for drop lines / jug lines / noodles.
The 30# is for one of my heavy fishing poles that I use for catfish or light saltwater use.

Fillet glove – one of the items that I like to keep in a tackle box is a fillet glove. Its not really for filleting fish, but for handling fish that have teeth – like saltwater fish. And, the glove can come in handy when its time to fillet the fish.

Leader material – one of the things that I like to do is to make homemade leaders.

To make homemade leaders you will need:

Cable or monofilament line (think 20# or 30# monofilament line).
Crimp tool

All of those supplies are stored in the bottom of that tackle box.

survival fishing gear homemade leader

How to make a homemade leader:

Cut a section of cable about 16 – 18 inches long.
Slip a barrel over each end of the cable.
Insert one end of the cable through the eye of a hook.
Loop the cable back and insert the cable into the barrel.
Thread the cable through the barrel until about 1/8 in is sticking out the other end.
Use the crimping tool to crimp the barrel.
Repeat to the other end of the cable, but use a swivel.

Use a hook and swivel matching the size of fish you want to catch.

To add a weight to the leader, repeat the process, but attach a teardrop weight to the end of the cable.

Homemade fishing leader with teardrop weight

If you want to be able to change the weight or hook out, attach a snap at the end of the cable. Make sure you use the type of snap that has a curved end so that the snap can not pull up easily. I made the mistake of buying some snaps where the retaining wire does not have a curl on it. If enough pressure is applied to the snap, it will pull open. For those types of snaps, I will only be attaching weights and not hooks.

Do you have a suggestion on how to make homemade leaders?   If so, post your comments in this forum thread about homemade leaders.

Lets get back on the topic of organizing a tackle box.

A couple of things that I would like to add to the tackle box are a small multi-tool and knife.  A local auto-parts store sells a small multi-tool for about $10.  Its not going to be the same quality as say a Gerber, but at least its something.  And something is better then nothing.

Well, that is about it for organizing a tackle box.  Post your comments in this thread of the fishing forum.


Fishing in slews and gators

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Alligator Magnolia Ridge Park Steinhagen ReservoirShort version: This morning my daughter and I went to a local park to go fishing. After a few minutes a 6 foot gator showed up to see what was going on.

Over the course of about 15 – 20 minutes, the gator slowly worked its way to within about 8 – 10 feet of the bank.  the day was getting hot, and the gator was getting a little too close, so my daughter and I decided to pack up and go home.

Long Version:  The day started off around 10:30am when my daughter decided it was time to drag herself out of bed so we could finally go fishing.  I had already been up for a couple of hours, had gotten my shower, brushed my teeth, and even made a trip to the store to pick up a couple of low carb blue rock star energy drinks.

While I was waiting for my daughter to get ready, I went through my tackle box, sorted through some of my fishing gear, rounded up the fishing poles, loaded a small ice chest with drinking water into my truck,,,,, finally we were ready to go.

As we were driving out to the park, the wind was hitting the side of my truck pretty good.  With the wind like it was, I figured the water around Martin Dies State Park would be stirred up pretty good.   So my daughter and I changed plans, and went to Magnolia Ridge Park.

As my daughter and I stopped at the entrance of Magnolia Ridge Park to talk to the attendant, I noticed the lady was eating on a burger.  And I must say, that was a nice looking burger.  After talking for a few minutes, the attendant told me where she got her burger at.  As my daughter and I entered the park, we made a u-turn, went back out to the main rode, and drove to the local country store to get us a cheese burger.  It was lunch time anyway, so why not.

Time to eat – I do not remember the stores name, but its right across the road from a rest area that over looks Dam B.  We placed our order – 2 cheeseburgers, with everything, but cut the onions.

While we were waiting for the burgers to be cooked, my daughter and I walked across the road and looked over Dam B.  I think its rather neat how the Neches river winds its way from Jasper, all the way down to Sabine Lake.

After talking about the Dam and the lake for a few minutes, my daughter and I walked back across the road to the store, got a fountain drink to go with our burgers, then drove back to Magnolia Ridge Park.

There is a spot at the very back of the park where there are some camping areas and a nice bathroom – that is where my daughter and I went.

When we arrived at the spot, I ate my burger and walked along the waters edge looking for a place to fish.  There was a nice cypress tree that was growing on the edge of the water, there were also some open spots in the water that were not covered by moss.

Fishing Steinhagen Reservoir Woodville Texas

Here is the thing with the tree – fish like to hang out under trees, and the tree provides shade to keep the hot sun off my head. In a survival situation take shade when possible. Its not a good idea to stand out in the hot sun when its 100 degrees.

Why do fish like to hang out under trees? Maybe its the change of water temp, with the water under the tree being cooler then out in the open water. Maybe its the occasional meal when a bug falls out of the tree and lands in the water.

The first line in the water was not for perch, but for catfish.

A few days ago I went by a local sporting goods store and picked up some leader material to make homemade leaders. The leader had a swivel where the line was going to be tied, then two 30 pound cable attached to the other side of the swivel. One cable was about 10 inches along and had a weight attached. The other cable was about 16 or 18 inches long and had a #1 hook attached.

The hook was baited with a worm, then cast about 40 feet off the bank. As I cast the bait, something splashed in the water no more then about 6 feet off the bank. There are only a few things that get that close to bank, and one of them is an alligator.

When the rig was reeled in, there was so much moss in the water that it got hung up and the line broke.

Ok, enough with the catfishing, the moss is too thick, lets see how the perch are biting.

The good thing about the perch, the moss stopped maybe 8 – 10 feet away from the bank. This provided a nice place to drop the hook and worm without getting hung up.

Those perch must have been hungry. As soon as the worm hit the water, they went after it.East Texas Perch

It was at this time that I saw what had splashed in the water a few minutes earlier, and it was a gator. Gators are a common sight around Southeast Texas. When I was growing up in Bridge City, gators were a common sight in the bayous and marshes. There were lots of times when I passed a gator while hydro-sliding down Cow Bayou.

As long as you keep your distance, don’t harass them, don’t try to hand feed them, keep small pets and children away from the water, everything should be good.

Unlike cats and dogs, gators are not interested in being petted. A little scratching behind the ears is not going to win them over, so don’t even try.  With their thick skin, is a gator even going to feel you trying to scratch behind its ears to start with?

As more fish were caught and thrown back, the gator zeroed in on the commotion in the water.  Over the course of maybe 15 – 20 minutes, the gator moved from about 30 feet away, to about 8 feet off the bank.

The gator appeared to be about 6 feet long.  At that length, I do not think he posed any real danger to myself or my daughter.  As long as we did not go into the water, everything should have been fine.  But even with this knowledge, I could not help but to feel uneasy with our unwelcome guest so close at hand.  Although I have been around gators for most of my life, there is just something about being so close to a top level predator that is difficult to describe.SouthEast Texas Alligator

The weather was getting a little hot, the gator was a little too close for comfort, so my daughter and I packed up and headed home.

When my daughter and I decided to go home, it was more then “lets go home”, I felt that I needed to set an example for her to follow.  That example was to give wildlife their room.

We had intruded into the gators home.  I could have thrown a stick across the gators head and drove it away, but what kind of example would that have set for my daughter?  That we go into nature and drive the animals away?  No, we have to share our planet with nature.

Even though the gator did not pose a danger, I felt it was important to set an example for my daughter and that example was why we went home.

On top of giving wildlife its space, my daughter, my wife and I had plans on going to the movies later in the evening.  My wife and I were going to go see Green Lantern, and my daughter wanted to go see some penguin movie with Jim Carrey.  So lets go home, and get freshened up before we have to go to the movies.

While we are on the topic of gators, how about a video from July 2010 where I spot a gator on the Angelina River. Some friends and I were out in the boat, when we spot a gator tearing chunks off of a dead turtle.

Post your comments in this forum thread about fishing with my daughter.

Jug lines after SHTF

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Drop Lines for long term survival shtf situationBack at the end of November a buddy of mine and I went on a 3 day camping trip on the Angelina river close to Jasper, Texas.   While we were camping, we took the boat and explorer some of the slews in the area.  As we were heading into the slew, there were some jug lines in the water.  This got me to thinking, why couldn’t someone use jug lines for harvesting fish during a long term survival situation?

What do we need to make up some drop lines / jug lines?

Spool of trot line string
Swivels – optional
Spool of monofilament line, something like 20# test
Something that floats – 1 gallon plastic bottle, noodle from local china mart, something like that.

When I started working on this jug line project, I wanted the system to be modular. Meaning, all of the parts needed to be easily replaceable. To accomplish this, loops where used in the trot line string.

Tie a loop knot in the end of the trot line string. Make the loop maybe 1.5 – 2 inches long.

Swivels, back up maybe 18 inches from the end of the trot line string, and tie another loop knot maybe 1.5 inches long. This is where you can attach the swivel. Run the end of the end of loop through one end of the swivel, and over the opposite end. The swivel should now be attached to the drop line. For added security, pull some slack through the eye of the swivel, then run the loop through the eye and over the end again. If you have done everything right, there should be 2 loops running through the eye of the swivel.

For the hooks, cut a section of monofilament line around 18 inches long, run 1 end through the eye of the hook, and loop it back to the other end. Then tie a surgeons loop knot on the two ends.

The hook can then be threaded through the eye of the swivel, looped through itself, and your hook should be attached to the drop line.

If you want more then one swivel attached, back up 3 or 4 feet and tie in another one.

Over the past week I have leaned that these types of of rigs leave a lot to the imagination. I dont think there is a right or wrong way to setup a jug line, as long as you catch fish, and the fish does not get loose from the rig.

For example, nobody said the swivels “had” to be attached to the drop line.  Tie a section of the monofilament line to the swivel and to the hook. When your ready to attach the swivel and hook, just loop the drop line over the swivel and hook. It sounds complicated, but its not.

How does this apply to a long term survival situation?

trot line survival forum

While on the 3 day camping trip with my buddy, we had a good discussion about the uses for jug lines in a SHTF situation.

Lets say that some worldwide disaster happens, like what happened with the Black Death in 1348 – 1350 and food gets scarce.  If someone lives close to a river or lake, maybe they can set out some jug lines in the morning, go about their daily activities, then pick up the lines in the evening.  While the person is busy tending to the crops, or other duties, the drop lines / jug lines are busy catching fish.

Post your comments in this forum thread about jug lines.

Going out on the Angelina River

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Weldbilt boat on the Angelina RiverLast Saturday my wife and I went out on the Angelina River south of Lake Sam Rayburn for a day of fishing and relaxation. Long story short, it was hot, my wife got sunburned, and she caught the only fish of the day.

I don’t know what it is, but the fish just were not biting. The fish were not biting pumpkin seed worms in a Texas rig, nor were they biting a beetle spin. The only thing we even got a nibble on was a worm on a perch hook.

Awhile back I received some lures from Daves Great Outdoors, also known as The Fishin Shack.  One of the lures I rigged up like a beetle spin.  That was the only lure that I saw fish cashing, but nothing was hitting.  The fish would follow the lure right up to the boat, then turn around.  Which was more then they were doing for the pumpkin seed worm.


First Aid Kit, Fishing Supplies and Propane

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Survival Gear - First Aid Kit, Fishing Supplies and PropaneOver the past few weeks we have been talking about spreading your survival gear purchases out over an extended period of time. Instead of dropping several hundred dollars at once, spend $20 here, $30 there, and after a few weeks you and your family will have a nice stockpile of survival gear.

In this article, lets talk about first aid kits, fishing supplies and propane.

First Aid Kits – Almost always a good investment, especially if their on sale. A couple of weeks ago a local big-box-mart had a coleman first Aid kit on sale for something like 10% or 15% off. So I thought why not, we can use a first aid kit in our camping box anyway. So this kit was bought just to take on camping trips with the family.

First aid kits are one of those things that are often overlooked and neglected until their needed.  And then its “oh crap” I forgot to put <insert needed item here> in the kit, what are we going to do now?

Personally, I like to have a camping / backpacking first aid kit, a kit in my truck, a first aid kit for home and one at the camp / bug out location.

Propane – is one of the few survival gear supplies that last forever.  As long as the bottles are not stored in a wet location where they can rust, or where the bottles can be damaged, everything should be good.  I like propane because the bottles can be stored at the camp, and when I need them they are there.   Its not like gasoline that goes bad over time, or needs some kind of special treatment to preserve the quality.

Propane also has a wide variety of uses – lanterns, propane stoves, single burner camp stoves and space heaters for a few examples.  Propane provides the small comforts of life that everyone likes – warmth, light and hot meals.

One of the problems with propane, once the cylinder is empty, there is not much you can do with it, except throw it away.  I know people who buy the refill kits to refill the small 1 pound cylinders off of a 20 pound bottle.  But sooner or later that bigger bottle is going to run out.

After Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita, some of my neighbors use their propane grill to cook with.  After about a week, there were several empty 20 pound bottles sitting in the yard.  After a SHTF situation, propane is going to be short lived, so enjoy it while you can.

Fishing Supplies – In my opinion, fishing supplies are some of the most underrated, over looked, and underestimated survival gear supplies that anyone can stockpile. Unless you live in a desert, the local rivers, streams, lakes and ponds can offer a supply of fish, which in turn can be used to feed your family.

The only problem with eating fish after SHTF, is the levels of mercury found in certain types of fish. Here in SouthEast Texas the local lakes and rivers have warning signs saying that people should not eat over a certain amount of bass, perch and fresh water drum every month.

One of the things about fishing supplies, they make great barter items for after SHTF.  Lets say that I need some corn seed, or some squash seed.  12 pound fishing line come sin 700 yard spools.  To re-string a reel, you do not use 100 yards.  That leaves leaves 600 yards to barter with.  Better yet, buy several spools of 10, 12 and 15 pound test, and that provides you with several miles of fishing line to barter with.  If left in their original package, Stainless steel hooks should not rust.

Between several spools of fishing line, and stainless steel hooks, you have barter items that never expire and never have to be rotated out.

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