Feb 07 2014

Fishing Kit in a Tin

Survival Fishing Kit – Fishing Kit in a Tin


There are four main methods of survival fishing, from the fish caught on linemost comprehensive, requiring a survival fishing kit to the basics that require you to have no fishing gear at all.

In certain circumstances, you will find some methods work better than others, some save you time and some catch you bigger fish.

The good thing is they all require a very compact survival fishing kit that will be lightweight and easy to store in your rucksack.  

These are the five main choices for survival fishing: 

  1. Hook and line with a hand reel
  2. Automatic reel, line and hook
  3. Gill Net & Cast Net Fishing
  4. Spear fishing
  5. Fish trapping

A quick overview of the five choices:

  • Hook and Line fishing will require a survival fishing kit
  • An auto reel will save you lots of time
  • A Gill Net is very light light but can be awkward and time consuming to set up
  • Spear fishing is time consuming and hard to perfect the skill
  • Fish trapping will require you to carry the minimum of equipment


The Survival Fishing Kit

Most kits are very compact, with all the survival fishing gear fitted within a small tin – the one on the left is typical of a survival fishing tin, with most weighing under 5ozs.

This particular Survival Fishing Kit has been designed by US veterans and experienced fishermen and contains all the essential kit to catch fish.

There’s normally room to add any ‘specialised’ pieces you feel might help you, but generally these kits are spot on and a tin like this contains:

4 – South Bend Bait Holder hooks Size 4 survival fishing kit
4 – South Bend Bait Holder hooks Size 6
4 – South Bend Bait Holder hooks Size 8
4 – South Bend Bait Holder hooks Size 10
4 – Size 3/0 Split Shot Sinkers
4 – Size 7 Split Shot Sinkers
4 – Southern Pro 1.5″ Lil’ Hustlers
4 – Luminescent Trout Beads
4 – Empty Baggies
2 – Box Cutter Blades
2 – Unpainted Jig Heads
1 – 20 Hour LED Light
1 – 30 ft. Power Pro Microfilament Braided Line 10lb test
1 – 30 ft. Power Pro Microfilament Braided Line 20lb test
1 – Empty Bobbin
1 – 3/4 Push Button Float 
1 – 5/8 Push Button Float
1 – Magnetic Strip
1 – Metal Tin

This is the type of comprehensive Survival Fishing Kit that should be a permanent fixture in your survival rucksack – you could make one of these up yourself, but it would probably cost you more in the long run – this particular kit is selling for under $20 on Amazon and they also donate 10% to the Wounded Warrior Project.

With this type of survival fishing kit and some live bait dug up from the shore most people would be able to catch a few decent sized fish for their supper.

In fact, with a 10lb tensile strength line (this is also known as ‘test’) I would expect to be able to hook and land a quarter pound fish or above without snapping the line. Not too sure about a twenty ponder though.!

So having a couple of different breaking strain lines in your tin is a good idea – just in case you come across a pond full of biguns…

Always choose a heavier line if possible as you want to be sure of landing your catch –  remember the line can easily get snagged or caught on a sharp rock, so having a stronger line will help, as will picking your spot to fish – don’t choose overhanging rocks or places where obvious land slides and rock are.

You could even go all out and carry a spool of heavier, micro-filament heavy duty line – these spooled lines can go up to 100lb test and come on a neat little spool which you can actually use as a reel as well.

There are many additional uses for a heavy duty line – making animal snares, repairs to clothes or animal warning trip wires, just to name a few..

This line shown here is Power Pro Microfilament Line,and comes in 150yd spools with strength up to 100lbs.


Having a good test strength line is good, but remember, there are other weak points in a fishing rig that can present problems too. Namely, the knot where you tie the line to the hook – With a good knot you will keep the whole rig strong, with less chance of it coming undone or snapping.

clinch knot for fishing

Without doubt, one of the best knots to use when attaching your line to the hook eye is a Clinch Knot  – shown here on the right – use this wherever possible.

 Fortunately, in the wilderness,  there’s an abundance of bait available for us to use that will attract fish to the hook – I always feel that ‘live’ bait works better and all you have to do is look around you.

Dig up a few worms or use bugs like a cricket, even odd fruit or berries will work. It may take a while but something will eventually take your bait.

When you do catch something, consider reusing it as bait again. This way you will attract larger fish.

If you want to be really prepared for survival I would also suggest carrying ‘lures’ in your survival pack.

You only really need one or two, but a decent selection of lures will save you time looking for live bait and can give you a better chance of catching larger fish,