You have read the Oh sh!t kit article so now your ready to be prepared. Filling your bug out bag has its limits, 3 or 5 days of food is about normal for food rations. Having extra means of gathering food is a good idea incase you run out of the food you packed. The easiest way to gather food is to fish and hunt.
Fishing in Kansas is different than fishing in other states so the tackle I mention might not work so good in your area if you live in a different part of the U.S. If you are new to fishing and aren’t sure what to use, take a stroll down the fishing section at your local Walmart or sporting goods store and they will have everything you need to catch fish in your area. If you are a seasoned fisherman or fisherwoman dig through you tackle boxes or buy a little extra when you restock for the next fishing season and set it aside for your bug out bag.
What’s in a bug out fishing kit? You can make them simple or complex, the sky is the limit when it comes to fishing gear but don’t pack so much you can’t carry it. I have seen fishing kits fit inside altoids tins or a full tackle bag strapped to the bug out bag.
Below I have listed everything I have in my fishing kit which fits nicely in my 5.11 rush 72 bug out bag.
- Kayak king emmrod spinning rod 6 coil
- Abu Garcia black maxx sp10 spinning reel
- 15lb power pro super slick braided line on the reel
- Small dry box to protect the reel when disassembled
- Preserved crickets, superworms and wax worms from fisher’s choice
- Frog gig
- Berkley Trilene 8lb xt extra tough monofilament line 330yds solar green
- Berkley vanish 10lb fluorocarbon line 110yd clear
- Braided line for limb lines or throw lines
- Yoyo automatic fishing reel
- Fish stringer
- Buck knife folding fillet knife
- Crappie thunder baits by Strike King 1 3/4″ in various colors
- Yum dinger in 3″ & 4″ in various colors
- Assorted crappie tubes & grubs
- Jig heads 1/16 oz, 1/8 oz, 1/4 oz assorted count and colors
- Assorted split shot sinkers
- 3/0, 5/0 & 7/0 circle hooks
- Assorted hooks – aberdeen light wire, cricket hooks, bait holder hooks in size 10 to 1/0
- Small & medium weighted bobbers
- Extra spinner blades for small jigs
- Snap swivels & barrel swivels
- No roll sinkers 1 oz & 1 1/2 oz
- Small crank baits in assorted colors and diving depths
- top water lures – frogs and poppers
- Spinner baits 1/8, 1/4 and 3/16 oz in various colors
- inline spinner baits – mepps and rooster tails 1/16, 1/8, 1/4 & 3/8 oz in assorted colors
- Marabou & buck tail crappie jigs 1/32, 1/16 & 1/8 oz in assorted colors
- Beetle spins 1/16, 1/8 & 1/4 oz in assorted colors
- Bass jigs 1/4 & 3/8 oz in assorted colors
- Culprit bass worms in assorted colors and lengths
- Small and medium double sided plano tackle boxes
- Small 4 compartment flambeau tackle box
A selection like this should give you the chance to catch some fish. Like I said it does not have to be exactly like this because everyone is different and fishing areas differ also. One tip I can give is make sure you have a good selection of lure weights and colors. The same color and weight of every lure might not work given the water clarity and the weather conditions. It’s also a good idea to buy lures you know that you can generally catch fish on, putting lures you never used in your bug out bag may not land you any fish when you need to the most.
Thanks for reading, Happy Fishing!