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Survival: Automatic Fishing Lines

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Kipling79, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. Kipling79

    Kipling79 Well-Known Member

    If this is too far off topic, i apoligize and expect deletion. But this is the only forum I belong to. Plus, a fishing line IS a type of weapon... in a way :) depends upon your definition of weapon i guess.

    I was curious if anyone here had used these "snares" for fish. You leave the spring loaded wheel on the bank and place the line/hook/bait in the water, and then the wheel is supposed to automatically retract (and hopefully set the hook) when the bait is disturbed.

    Anyone know if these guys work at all? I am considering putting together a small survival pack, and am looking at all possibilities.

  2. gunmn74

    gunmn74 Well-Known Member

    Yes they work in Kansas for flatheads but you can also just use a limb-line.
    The reel thing is a nice feature and it will help but not a requirement.
    I think they would work much better for snares. I dont see how a couple
    in the pack would hurt but I would not waste to much room on them.
    I think a couple spools of line would be a better use of space in the pack.
    They are kind of fun though.:D
  3. Kipling79

    Kipling79 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I apprecuate it.

    I also just now saw a forum for hunting... guess that is where this should have been. :) oops.
  4. Pax Jordana

    Pax Jordana Well-Known Member

    nah! this is a firearms board. Here in Non-Firearm Weapons is where people go to try their wacky ideas (hairspray cannons for home defense? check.)

    Truly off-topic things go on armedpolitesociety.com which is our catchall board. But if it's sortof incidentally related, better to try it here than anywhere else.

    Welcome to THR, by the way.
  5. inkhead

    inkhead Well-Known Member

    I used to string piano wire in the woods at neck level and throw watermelons at it.. Worked pretty good... scary though.
  6. mesomorphcujo

    mesomorphcujo Well-Known Member

    "I used to string piano wire in the woods at neck level and throw watermelons at it.. Worked pretty good... scary though."

    OOPS! That reminds me! Where did I put all those wires in the woods?:eek:
  7. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    good to see someone eyeing the water for food source. it's in there for sure. you might think about a fish gig/spear for your pack also. make sure you get the machine screw that goes thru the haft to fasten it to a shaft of hardwood or bamboo and a means of drilling thru the shaft (awl blade on Swiss Army knife). about 6-10 ft. long is about right for the shaft. real handy in shallow water, build a 'trap' using rocks/logs, sort of funnel the entrance down to a narrow opening into a pool that's blocked on the end. save your 20 lb. test for set lines in deeper water. gigs work well for small game too when you catch 'em in a trap. unless you want to draw attention to your .22 when you shoot them.
  8. I haven't read yet what the other people on here said, (wouldn't influence me one way or the other anyway) but yes I have used the spring loaded 'fish catchers' I guess for the lack of a better word. They work especially well at night when the catfish come in and start nosing around the bank. They will catch Bream very good also. Just tie it to a bush that hang's out over the water a bit, bait it up and drop it in the water.
    I can't remember what they called those things but they work good. I think I might still have a couple in one of my old tackle boxes....Okay...P.S. When they go for the bait and trigger it--zing!--their ass is caught...
  9. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Well-Known Member

    While cool these are illegal to use in Texas. We call em "yo yo's" They are viewed along the lines as hoop nets and "telephoning"

    Guess thats what happen when something works too good.
  10. borrowedtime69

    borrowedtime69 Well-Known Member

    yo-yo reels

    i have a few of the yo-yo fishing reels passed out to a few diferentsurvival kits. they make a great addition to you food procurment kit along with my Thompson Snares and some home made snares i made from black fishing leader cable, snap swivel and those little sleeves that help you make secure loops in the cable.

    both the reels and the snares let you have the chance to get meat while you do other chores or relax at camp. in my opinion, they are a good purcase - Eric

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