Fishing is an old practice which can both be a source of living or a recreation or sport. It is considered as one of the most popular sport in the world. It is also the main source of livelihood in some parts of the world where fishermen catch fish and other aquatic animals.
There are many fishes in the ocean that you can catch and many ways to catch a fish to your delight. Fishing can also help you if you happen to be in a survival situation. It means that you would just do anything to catch a fish or two. Well, you call it survival when you are trapped or stranded on an island and placed in a situation where you have nothing to eat or drink. Your only option to survive is to catch a fish by all means.
Under normal situations, you can do the conventional way of fishing to catch a fish, but considering that you’re in a critical situation, you’ll have to use all the resources that you can find in your surrounding to catch a fish.
Years ago, men caught fish using the primitive techniques. If ever you’re in a survival situation, it would be an advantage if you know how to catch a fish without using a fishing tackle. These primitive fishing techniques include: using a fish spear, using a bone, wood and cactus hook and using a fish trap.
Using a fish spear
Making a fish spear is easy, what is difficult here is how to use it successfully. Using a fish spear requires you to have enough skill or sufficient knowledge of how to throw the spear and target the fish. You have to know the right condition if you use it. You can’t just cast your spear anywhere; doing so will surely not give you even one good catch. For instance, the best place to get a fish using a spear would be that with a clear and shallow water, where you can easily see the fish. The area should have a good cover for you to get a perfect catch. Carp and catfish can be a good catch because it comes out early in the morning near the shores and in moving rivers which flows slowly.
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Using a bone, wood, and cactus hook
Another technique is by using a bone, wood and a cactus hook. If the said materials are available, you can make a hook and a fishing line. The ideal place to use this kind of method is a bank which has a good cover and a drop off where you can throw your fishing line. You can use a live bait like a grasshopper. Five grasshoppers will help you catch one fish, hence, if you want to catch more fish, be sure to catch more grasshoppers. When you feel that the fishing hook has already caught a fish, you have to be quick in pulling the fishing line and getting the fish off the hook. Otherwise, the fish will be able to escape and goes back to the water.
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Using a fish trap
The most widely used method in catching fish, crabs and lobsters is by using a fish trap. Using a fish trap is ideal in areas where the fish pass a narrow place in the river. It is also advisable to use a fish trap when salmon is abundant. The fish trap is easy to make. It is usually made of twigs and vines and formed into a square box. The opening of the fish trap is shaped like a cone with a net that can trap the fish. Once the fish enters the trap, it can no longer escape the net placed at the entrance of the fish trap. Other fishes that can be caught in a pond or in slow moving water using a fish trap are catfish and carp.
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The primitive fishing techniques can help you get your most needed fish to feed you and to get you going. However, these methods or techniques will depend on the body of water and the kind of fish that you want to catch. Using the primitive techniques to catch a fish can be successful if you have patience and proper timing.