Friday, August 27, 2021 by Zoey Sky
In an SHTF situation, knowing how to find food is key to your survival. And even outside of survival situations, skills like fishing ensure that you can find food for your family if you’re near a body of water.
If you don’t know how to use traditional fishing methods, learn about jug fishing to catch fish with simple and inexpensive tools. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com)
Jug line fishing is an unusual but effective method for catching fish. You should try it if you want to fish but don’t want to invest in expensive fishing gear.
This method is affordable but consistent and effective. If you’re in a location with a decent amount of fish, use the jug line method to get food for yourself and your survival group when SHTF.
Jug fishing is often called “jugging” because the method uses jugs that float in the water to catch fish. The bait is then suspended beneath each jug. (Related: Advanced prepper tips to take your prepping to the next level.)
This unique setup lets you cover a large area of the water without having to focus all your attention on a line and rod.
First, collect some jugs. It’s best to use plastic jugs because they work well and they are durable, light and cheap. You can use bleach bottles, two-liter soda bottles, or milk jugs (quart or gallon) for jugging. As long as your container is made of plastic, sturdy and has a strong seal, it should work.
Next, you will need fishing line and bait. Use a 50- or 65-lb. test braid or Dacron fishing line. For bait, you can use whatever you normally use for the specific fish you want to catch.
Below are some suggestions for bait that you can use to catch specific kinds of fish:
Finally, consider using a weight if you’re going to leave the jugs unattended in the water. With a weight, the jug will stay in place even if you attend to other tasks while jugging.
Follow the steps below if you’re a newbie to jug line fishing:
The jugs are now properly rigged for jugging. Repeat the process if you’re going to use more than one jug.
Here are some useful tips for jugging beginners:
Once you’re done setting up the jugs, the actual fishing process is rather passive. Use this to your advantage.
You can set up your jugs in the evening and check them the next morning. Use weights so you don’t lose your jugs.
Note that jug line fishing isn’t allowed in all jurisdictions so check what your local regulations are before you start.
If jug fishing is allowed in your area, you may need to label each jug with your name, address and fishing permit number. In some areas, you are required to be present at all times.
Each state and area has its own set of regulations that govern things such as:
Jug line fishing is a beginner-friendly and effective method for catching fish. Learn jug line fishing before SHTF so you can catch fish using simple tools.
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