You are in survival mode, and are located near a river or lake whose shallow waters are revealing fish lounging or swimming lazily near shore or around the weeds – within reach – if you could just catch them.
If you have a fishing pole and gear, you are all set – all you need to do is to scavenge some bait.
Without fishing gear however, your choices are limited. You could fashion a net if you had the right materials, you could try to catch the fish by hand (good luck with that), or you could try to spear the fish.
I have recently been watching and enjoying a TV show called ‘Dual Survivor’ on Discovery Channel (Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin), which has provided lots of real-world survival experience (and entertainment), as well as lots of interesting survival ideas. During part of one recent episode, David Canterbury fashioned a fish-spear which he proceeded to use with a make-shift ‘bow’ while harvesting several fish for a delicious meal.
Since he had made the fish-spear from bamboo (a very straight growing hollow-strong wood), and since I have some bamboo growing in the corner of the yard from an expanding growth in the neighbors yard (the stuff spreads like wild fire), I decided to give it a go and make one for myself. After all… practice makes perfect.
The following video illustrates one way to make a fishing spear, which you could use by hand to spear fish, or with a bow for added velocity.
The fish spear could be made of other wood than bamboo, given enough elasticity, strength, and ‘straightness’, and is fairly easy to make.
Find a straight piece of bamboo (or most any wooden branch) that narrows to about the size of a pencil or slightly larger.
Split the end (lengthwise) with a sharp knife into four splinters.
Sharpen each splinter to a point.
Use small wedge pieces to insert between the ‘splits’ in order to spread the tip somewhat.
Use some type of thread or string to wrap around the wedged diameter so to strengthen the spread-out tip section.
Remember, when looking at fish in the water, there is light ‘refraction’. The light bends through the water and the fish will appear slightly further ahead than they really are. Aim slightly behind for a good shot!
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