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Has anyone put a kit together to catch fish in a extended or long term SHTF situation? Id be curious to know as I am in the process of putting one together for catching fish in the more southern areas of the US. Some of the commonly targeted species here are Sunfish, Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Sand Bass and Catfish. I would like to see what you put in it and why you chose the items you did per chance someone out there has thought of something I havent. Besides I am always game for new innovative ideas and stroage solutions to keep things organized.
 

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I got 6 of these for each of our BOB. Amazon.com: SINGLE YO YO WHITES AUTO MECHANICAL FISHING REEL: Sports & Outdoors
Then order 1X50-60LB roll of clear or green line. Spiderwire is $$$, but well worth it. Then get 2X500ft rolls of 12lb test. Then get 1 box (50qty) each of size 2,4,6, and8s. Maybe some 2ft steel leaders for big cat. I also have a 200ft roll of troutline. Easy and very effective to install.
 

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Aberdeen hooks, splitshot, lindy rig floats, slip bobbers, purple plastic worms, imitation wax worms and maggots will catch sunfish, crappie, bass and perch.That's how I catch fish these days, I leave the 5 tackle boxes with 2K worth of gear at home.

Spiderwire is OK, I prefer flourocarbon lines for it's diameter and stealth. I have braided, spiderwire, gorilla braid, mono-Stren and Trilene. I like 4-6 pound for gills, 10 pound mainline with a 18" 4-6 pound leader tied off a barrel or ball bearing swivel works better because you can see the kinks in the line straighten out on a light bite.

Most fishing tackle is designed to catch fisherman. KISS, is what I found out after 45 years of hardcore fresh water fishing for panfish

Chicken guts or dead minnows work well for cats

I'll have to get some pictures up of my essential gear.

But, what works in Michigan may or may not work in your locale. Visiting a local baitshop would be your best bet for info. Find a old, crusty fisherman with just a couple lures and 1 pole, he likely knows how to use them.

Kind of like beware of the guy who only owns 1 gun, he likely knows how to use it good.
 

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Aberdeen hooks, splitshot, lindy rig floats, slip bobbers, purple plastic worms, imitation wax worms and maggots will catch sunfish, crappie, bass and perch.That's how I catch fish these days, I leave the 5 tackle boxes with 2K worth of gear at home.

Spiderwire is OK, I prefer flourocarbon lines for it's diameter and stealth. I have braided, spiderwire, gorilla braid, mono-Stren and Trilene. I like 4-6 pound for gills, 10 pound mainline with a 18" 4-6 pound leader tied off a barrel or ball bearing swivel works better because you can see the kinks in the line straighten out on a light bite.

Most fishing tackle is designed to catch fisherman. KISS, is what I found out after 45 years of hardcore fresh water fishing for panfish

Chicken guts or dead minnows work well for cats

I'll have to get some pictures up of my essential gear.

But, what works in Michigan may or may not work in your locale. Visiting a local baitshop would be your best bet for info. Find a old, crusty fisherman with just a couple lures and 1 pole, he likely knows how to use them.

Kind of like beware of the guy who only owns 1 gun, he likely knows how to use it good.
I so agree with you on the part about fishing tackle being designed more to catch the fisherman than the fish! There is a lot of truth to that I think. I am definitely into basics and dont often jump on the "trick of the week" lure that so and so used for the winning stringer in the last Bass Fishing Tourney.

Your right too about that old crusty fisherman with one pole and a couple of lures hanging on his hat. A Joker like that generally has a tendency to "School" ya. I have had that happen to me more times than I would like to admit to. Never was too good at fishing soft plastics until an Ol Boy commenced to put a beat down on me with a couple of lizards on a body of water I frequent. After that I resolved myself to learn to fish a plastic bait like a champ. It took a bit of practice but I mastered it pretty quick and its something Im deadly with. Never could get the hang of fishing a jig and minnows for Crappie are expensive. Luckily Jimbo Jolly took me under his wing and mentored me on the finer points of Jigging for Crappie. Now a days all I need is a couple of Jigs in my pocket a good rod and its game on!!!

I do a lot of Catfishing here. Its pretty productive. I generally attach a 1-2 ounce egg sinker to my main line, tie on a barrel swivel then a 16 inch leader with a 3/0 to 6/0 circle hook and bait up. really like the circle hooks as they dont require you to set the hook. They will cam over to the corner of the mouth and set themselves as the fish swims away with the bait. It makes for easy unhooking and less time spent retying up your rig. For bait here on my lake the hot ticket is live or fresh caught Shad for Blues. Cut Shad or Bluegill for Channels. For Flatheads the hand down winner is a festively plump and lively Blue Gill!

Crappie is another species here that gets a lot of play time. I like going after them with a small Jig. But fishing a minnow under a bobber is about as deadly as it gets even when they are being finicky. I like the slip bobbers, a split shot and a gold Aberdeen wire hook in the # 2 to 1/0 range depending on the size of the minnow and Crappie in question. Its also a good set up when baited with a minnow or a Shad when chasing Bass or Sand Bass as they can rarely pass up such a easy meal. The same rig down sized and baited with a worm is a brutal combo for saucer sized Bluegill.

I like the idea of the Yo-To's and Trotlines but down here...if they are spotted by someone, they will work it for you in your absence!

I am going to have to sit down and put some thought into this and see if I can come up with a good modular and effective system with an eye towards simpicity. While it would be nice to incude 2K in tackle, this project wont, just the basics and enough to last a good while. I am hoping for something that will fit in a 3 or a 5 gallon bucket. I say 3 to 5 gallon bucket because I would like to include a cast net for collecting bait, and a bucket would make for a nice minnow bait bucket not to mention a seat for me to plant my butt on while I wait for the "big one" to bite!
 

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Jager... I was raised in Texas... and we used these all the time. I've got six in the fishing kit pack on my BOB. I can't tell you how many times I got skunked but managed to eat thanks to a yo yo. They also work as triggers for snares (or as the actual snare for small game)... or for trip wires with little bells attached... to let you know when someone is sneaking up on you.
 
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I grew up fishing here in Kansas, mostly for bass, crappie, and catfish, and mostly in ponds or lakes, with a little bit of creeks and rivers thrown in there. I simply put a spool of line in, along with a couple dozen Eagle Claw hooks (cheap, but I've never had an issue), of different sizes. Threw in some neutral colored bobbers for good measure, a couple dozen assorted jig hooks and jigs for them, different weights, and some hand made spinners, just because lol I've always been able to catch enough with these little items, also using trotlines and droplines (seems to be good for catfish in my area). And a couple trusty stringers. All this fits in a small snap closed plastic case I had already, small enough to fit in a coat pocket if need be.
 

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Post SHTF, I imagine it will be survival fishing. If you're lucky enough to live on the banks of the river/lake, then limb lines, trotlines, and yo-yo's will be the ticket. Remember that the "zombies", or whatever name you prefer, will always be looking for a chance to take/steal whatever they can. Therefore your "fishing" will be done under cover of darkness, from a canoe or small jonboat. No motors since gas will be either none exsistent or too costly. For my BOB, I've got a plastic can and lid (slightly larger than a skoal can) with, 6 circle hooks, 6 swivels, 6 weights and as much heavy braided line as I can coil in the can. Limb lines will be the way to go. IMO.
 

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I got 6 of these for each of our BOB. Amazon.com: SINGLE YO YO WHITES AUTO MECHANICAL FISHING REEL: Sports & Outdoors
Then order 1X50-60LB roll of clear or green line. Spiderwire is $$$, but well worth it. Then get 2X500ft rolls of 12lb test. Then get 1 box (50qty) each of size 2,4,6, and8s. Maybe some 2ft steel leaders for big cat. I also have a 200ft roll of troutline. Easy and very effective to install.
Thanks for the post, I found the same thing on eBay for a lot less money

Whites Auto Fisher YoYo Automatic Fishing Reels 12 Pack Dozen Fish Trap | eBay

Purchased 12 WITH postage for about $32

Oh and BTW

If you want to catch fish in your area, check the fishing regulations for what you CANNOT do and then plan on doing that.

The reason they say you cannot do it is because it is what works the best.
 

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Jager... I was raised in Texas... and we used these all the time. I've got six in the fishing kit pack on my BOB. I can't tell you how many times I got skunked but managed to eat thanks to a yo yo. They also work as triggers for snares (or as the actual snare for small game)... or for trip wires with little bells attached... to let you know when someone is sneaking up on you.
This. Love Me multi tasking equipment
 
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