Building the Perfect Survival Fishing Kit

When it hits the fan, you can hit the water


Whenever there is some kind of serious emergency, whether it’s a natural disaster, or a national crisis, like the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, basic things can be scarce. In these times, you can rest easy, because you have the life skills of a true outdoor enthusiast. It’s not a bad idea to have a simple, portable fishing kit handy so you can grab dinner wherever you find water. Here’s some ideas for building the perfect survival fishing kit.

1. Tenkara Fly Rod

Fly fishing is a very simple and effective way to fish for just about every fish species. The hardest part is learning the cast. Tenkara rods take that out of the equation. Instead of a reel, spooled with fly line, you have a length of line equal to the length of the rod, connected at the tip of the rod. This is the perfect setup for catching fish along a stream, or pond. In the kit, you get the rod, line tippet material and select flies. You also get the tube that the whole rod breaks down into. This is fly fishing in its simplest form. Getting the rod set up and ready to fish takes just a couple of minutes. We have one of these rods and love its simplicity and how fun it is.

Pros/Quick and simple way to catch fish and enjoy the outdoors.
Cons/You don’t have any extra line to play a fish, so you had better know what you’re catching.
Bottom Line/Brook trout and bluegills are mighty tasty and this is a great way to catch some.

2. Mitchell 300 fishing combo

With all of the various spinning reels on the market today, none can match the legendary status of the Mitchell 300. This reel goes way back to some of the earliest commercially available spinning reels. While today’s Mitchell 300 is not like the original, the latest version keeps to the original idea of being a smooth, durable reel. These reels have been a favorite of ours for decades. Here’s where it gets really good. You can get the Mitchell 300 in a combo that gives you a terrific rod for just a few bucks more than buying the reel alone. This combo is good for about any type of fishing and if you’re relying on fishing for your food, and only have one, this is a solid way to go.

Pros/Great rod and reel for the price.
Cons/None that we've found.
Bottom Line/A perfect all-around fishing combo that is good for any kind of fish.

3. Plano Connectable Satchel Stowaway

You’re going to need some basic fishing tackle, and you’ll need a way to carry it. Plano’s Stowaway boxes are a great way to store tackle. The Satchel models have a handle for carrying ease, and the best part – You can stash one under the seat in your truck. You can configure the internal storage to fit your needs, and if you have two, they can be connected for easy carrying.

Pros/Easy, portable tackle storage that fits under the seat.
Cons/It fills up fast.
Bottom Line/A simple and easy way to carry essential tackle for fishing anywhere.

4. Gamakatsu Hooks

While they’re not the cheapest hooks out there, they may be the best option for putting fish on the table. We’ve fished with these hooks for every fish species from panfish to salmon. They are ridiculously sharp, hold their point and the barbs keep the fish on the hook better than anything we’ve used. When you want fish for food, there is no better option.

Pros/Versatile, sharp and hold fish.
Cons/A little more expensive than other brands.
Bottom Line/When you’re fishing for survival, you want the best you can get. This is it.

5. Thill Bobbers

We like balsa wood floats for fishing. When it comes to balsa floats, the name to know is Thill. They have the widest assortment of floats going and they all work great. For survival situations, we recommend the spring attachment style versus the bobber-stop style. They’re easier to use.

Pros/Work best for all types of fishing.
Cons/Take up a little more space in the tackle box.
Bottom Line/Work better for any type of fishing situation.

6. Berkley Gulp!

You may not always have live bait available for fishing, and sometimes lures don’t work. Berkley Gulp! Bait often works as good or better than live bait. It has tons of scent in it and fish go crazy for it. The bait is edible and biodegradable, so you’re not using anything toxic. It comes in several types that mimics live baits. Have some in your tackle box.

Pros/Catches fish. Period.
Cons/Doesn't have the movement of live bait.
Bottom Line/You should always have some in your tackle box.

7. Leatherman Tool

You are going to need a knife and some pliers, plus you’ll undoubtedly find some other tools you need. You might as well get a Leatherman Tool. Leatherman Tools are simply handy tools to have on hand and they are the perfect addition to your fishing kit.

Pros/A wide range of tools built into a quality product.
Cons/They aren't cheap.
Bottom Line/Everyone should have one.

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