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Stockpiling Fishing Supplies for SHTF

As 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.

Bass fishing on the Angelina River

Large mouth bass caught on the Angelina River.

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.


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.

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
  • 30 pound line

Crappie and Perch Fishing

Then there are the crappie and perch lures, such as tubes and jigs.  I have been ordering crappie tubes off Ebay by the packages of 100.

Sometimes I catch a small bass on the crappie lures, which is always fun.


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