Good Survival Fishing Kits
Joint efforts between devoted fisherman and savvy survivalists birthed the survival fishing kit, a small tin about the size of Sucrets (some are even made inside Sucrets tins). The theory is that when stuck in situations when you’re pole-less, bait-less and starvation hits you fiercely, you’ll have this tin that contains everything you need to reel in something edible.
We’ve scoured the mighty information superhighway to bring all your best survival fishing kits onto your screen at once, then we’ll polish things off with small spoons and baits, which can help enhance your kit. One quick note: a common theme that you may notice is the size of a survival fishing kit is usually quite small, so you may want to think about this in relation to other survival items or kits you already have, and how you can combine them to maximize your resources.
Survival Fishing Kits
Best Glide Emergency Survival Fishing Kit (15-Piece)
Durable and well-stocked, the Best Glide kit (as seen above) provides an inexpensive emergency preparedness kit that’s unobtrusive yet effective. The tin is smaller than most wallets with the right amount of product: 50 feet of 12-pound test line, salmon eggs, hooks, wire leader, split shot, toothpick floats, jigs and fly desiccant. There’s plenty of room to add extras if needed, such as divers or smaller spinnerbait lures. It will fit inside any pocket, but just make sure that if you break the water-resistant seal to add goodies, that you close using the same.
Blackthorn Survival Kit (20-piece)
This tubular fishing kit is amply stocked with 20-pound monofilament line (24’), six Eagle Claw hooks, eight split shot sinkers, 4 minuscule bobbers and a few colored jigs. Again, this small tube can be expanded with some tightly wound Spider line, some worms or even extra jigs to diversify should you get stuck in freshwater, rivers or salty lakes. The small tube-sized case can be sealed with waterproof tape, and is plastic.
BCB Liferaft Fishing Kit (10-piece)
BCB International, a UK-based survival and military supply company, offers a small kit kept in plastic that offers 118 feet of monofilament line, and two each of hooks, sinkers, jigs and line holders. The line is spooled around plastic handle that can double into a reel, of sorts. Online suppliers offer this for around $18 bucks, but please note it cannot be expanded much more than a few extra jigs or spoons.
Rothco Survival Kit – 2720 (20-piece)
This survival fishing kit goes beyond fishing, folks. Not only will you get enough fishing line and materials to do well, you get a candle, copper wire, cotton, a small saw, a magnesium-based fire starting kit, adhesive tape, a fingertip saw, stainless steel survival tool – even a sewing kit. All of these items fit into a small tin slightly larger than a wallet yet compact enough to fit inside cargo pockets. The stainless-steel casing is strong enough to use as a hammer, too.
Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit (15-piece)
There’s surviving – and there’s surviving while whittling a log cabin, whistling as your harem of fish hang awaiting your frying pan. Bear Grylls, the stud of all survivalists, teamed up with Gerber Blades to bring an over-the-top survival kit that simply saves anyone from any situation.
Inside this kit, you’ll find a full fishing kit, a miniature Gerber tool, wire cutters, pliers, fire starter, survival blanket, waterproof bag, waterproof matches, serrated knife, mini-saw, snare wire, cords, and everything needed to stitch wounds – all packed inside a 4 x 5-inch waterproof carrying case. The whole enchilada weighs 4.2 ounces.
Lifeline Ultralight Survival Kit (29-piece)
Far more affordable yet equally well-packed is this Lifeline survival kit, complete with fishing kit containing 50’ of line, four hooks, sinker and 8’ of snare wire. The fire starter and other essentials included could help stranded humans live decently until help comes, or the stranded individual decides to drift off somewhere else. The zipped plastic bag isn’t helpful if not sealed properly, making this cheaper alternative probably best paired with waterproof tape.
Survival Cooking Tutorial
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Extra: 5 Survival Lures To Add To Your Kit
Survivalists who managed to grab their survival fishing kit are probably not stranded – yet. This means time for refining skills, practicing survival scenarios and adding items to kits is aplenty. Since experienced fishermen know that having the right tackle could be the deciding factor between a killer haul and going home hungry, it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected by adding these spinnerbaits, spoons, jigs and worms – a survivalist could probably net some bass if included in their kit, or at least improve chances of netting fish.
Arguably the fisherman’s choice of crankbait, lipped divers have always been flamboyant in size and color, yet more effective than most other crankbaits in nailing the huge bass. Rapala makes perhaps the best color schemes for these divers, while Rebel is another commonly used diver. Whether trolling, bait casting or bank fishing, these plugs nearly never miss their mark underwater and have netted prized bass trophies for hundreds every year. Survivalists that want to expand fishing kits can fit a few of these in for an incredible emergency haul.
To professionals, the Texas-rigged worm offers perhaps your most commonly used tackle item today with colors intended to perform variable fishing chores. For example, Junebug is commonly used in clear water due to its purplish hue, whereas watermelon’s fluorescence provides ample fishing opportunity within murky waters. You’ll rarely find professional fishermen without Zoom baits, with each angler sticking by their personal color preference in various water or fishing situations. Senko also makes excellent plastic jerkbaits, as does Rapala. Not more than 2-3 worms would fit comfortably in survival kits, however.
Nobody likes boring, yet every fisherman loves effective bait. Not exactly your most attractive looking tackle product, jigs are perhaps your most productive lead-headed fishing buddy. Color schemes vary, sizes are generally the same, and the quick ‘jigging’ motion emulates something alive – just enough reason for your target fish to bite. These baiting apparatus work well, however putting more than a few inside your emergency kit could jeopardize the lid closing properly.
Perfectly named for their helicopter spinning-like motion, spinnerbaits have been widely accepted into tackle boxes since they’ll attract predatory fish quite easily. Feeding off fish’s natural lateral line system and keen sense of sound, spinnerbaits offer instant attraction and ensuing capture of all types of bass, trout or ocean-based fish. The more spinning action set off, the better your bait is; Rapala perhaps leads the pack in spinnerbaits yet dozens of brands exist, all which could fit inside your emergency kit.
Be Prepared for Anything
Since you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you’re not stranded.
When putting together (or buying premade) fishing kits, remember that emergencies can happen in any type of environment, anytime. This means adding to your kits could net bigger fish in places where small fish aren’t prevalent – like saltwater lakes or natural creeks.
In survival preparedness, it’s better to over-prepare than underachieve!