By John A. Heatherly, Author of The Survival Template
As a new resident near the Gulf, I have much to learn about fishing and crabbing and many other disciplines that the Locals here have come to master. While I am learning, I thought it responsible to improve my stash of survival gear with a couple of useful items. For around $30, I purchased two tools that even a Newbie like me could use to procure food. Note: these items would also come in handy in freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, etc … Just make sure to check State and Local laws before using them recreationally!
1. Seine Nets – These nets are meant to be drug through the water between two people and are often used to catch bait, though they can also be used to procure fish that are large enough to eat.
2. Trotlines – A trotline is little more than than long strand with multiple baited fishing hooks attached at intervals by means of branch lines, called “snoods.” The ends of a trot line can be secured near the shore, for example by tying to a tree, or can be converted into a “dropline” by tying a weight to one end. Once a trotline is in place, it can be left unattended and “run” periodically (the Locals around here don’t “check” a trotline, they “run” it.)
Next up on my list – crab traps! What experiences have you had with these types of gear?
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