Learn How to Fish without Proper Equipment in 5 Steps

Categories:Fishing | Guest Post

When seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday, a fishing trip may be the answer. From exotic locations worldwide to beautiful camping and streams, a fishing holiday can be customized to meet individual tastes and preferences. Still, planning such a getaway is exciting as well as a bit overwhelming.

But when fishing is not something that was originally planned and you find yourself in a survival scenario in the wilderness with almost no fishing gear in your backpack, all you can do is to manage the best you can in order to survive.
If you’re not the one that is planning on camping or hiking trip and you don’t want your friends or loved ones to remain stranded, without any means of fishing, take a look at this list with gifts for fishermen and show them this article in case they forget their fishing gear. But if you’re the one planning on spending time outside in the wilderness, then learning the valuable skill of fishing like the wild man can be a lifesaving skill.

We’re bringing you some basic tips and ideas on how to fish without proper equipment, but before that, you need to find a good location in order to do so.

Finding a location

In order to be able to catch a fish without proper fishing gear, finding a perfect location is everything. Choosing a location should be based on expectations, skill level as well as those accompanying you on your trip. You should also keep in mind that each location is unique in its own way and its specialty of fish, but if you find yourself in a survival scenario, don’t be too picky. Catching any kind of fish will be fine.

5 tips on how to fish without proper equipment

1. Spear fishing

Spear fishing is not easy and to pierce the fish or point it through the slender profile can be a daunting task, but is definitely a good skill to learn in most survival situations. What you will need is only a long spear with a spike at one end. Compensate for refraction and aim the pointy part of the spear below the fish. It’s all about practice as practice makes it perfect.

2. Building a cage fish trap

Fish traps are perfect for those who are not skillful fishermen and if you don’t have time to be around at one place. Fishing traps/cages are a great deal if you’re starving somewhere in the wilderness as it’ll help you catch some food without having too much trouble.

Building a cage fish trap in 5 steps

What you will need

  • A knife
  • A bundle of tree shoots or dowels (34 pieces, ¼ inch by 36 inches)
  • Thicker cord
  • Strong string

Steps:

Building a shell:

  • In order to start the shell, you need to take a few parts of the thickest vine you can find
  • Tie them together into 2 hoops (9 – 10 inches/diameter)
  • Take a strong string and tie them firmly (if it’s not strong enough, use wrap in the middle to connect all the dowels

Finishing the shell

  • Create the cylindrical shell by repeating the process of connecting hoops with dowels.
  • In order to secure the weaving, tuck in loose vine ends
  • If it seems unstable, use a cord to tie it around the “questionable” spots

Plugging the end of the shell

  • Weave a plug for either one or both ends of the shell trap with a mesh of vine and dowel

Building a funnel

  • Create a funnel in a shape of a cone by using some short vine pieces and a string
  • Interweave additional slender vines in order to make a funnel more stable
  • Tie a funnel after the cage/trap is baited.

Placing the bait

  • Tie some rotten meat inside the trap with a string (focus more on the center)
  • If you want to avoid smaller fish eat your bait and swimming through the cage then we suggest you build a smaller box where you’ll place your bait and put a smaller box inside the trap.


3. Fishing with primitive fishing hooks

It may be one of the oldest ways of fishing on earth, but fishing hooks can be made from a variety of materials that can be found in the wilderness and is surprisingly effective.

Here are three different styles of primitive fishing hooks:

Composite Hook

This one’s the most similar to a modern fishing hook. It is made of a sturdy, yet a thin piece of bone or wood and shaped in the “V” style to provide the point. This type of hook can catch a fish that is up to 10 pounds.

Hook with double points

This fishing hook is often made from a bone that is sharp on both ends. Tie the fishing line in the center of the fishing hook and put it inside the bait so it’s parallel to the fishing line.

Hook with a single point

This one’s the most simple to make. Made from trees’ thorns that are already sharpened this fishing hook is ready to be used with no additional modifications needed. Simply tie the fishing line to the end of the hook and insert it in your bait. Position it so it makes the “V” shape lined with your fishing line.

4. Hand Fishing

The most primitive way of catching a fish, but is a worth-learning skill. If you have gloves, put them on and get into the muddy water as this is where you’ll gravel the fish more easily.

5. Fish Poison

This type of fishing is used only in emergencies in small pools or still water. You’ll get the poison from crushed plants that will release their poison into the water and kill the fish inside.

Wrapping It Up

Planning a unique and memorable vacation is simple if you’re on a fishing holiday and you have a proper fishing gear. But, if you’re left out with nothing, with proper preparation, learning fishing skills with no gear will provide you a vacation that will be a highlight for many years to come.
Simply remember to do all that you know. And above all, remember that a successful trip starts with successful planning, so bringing the best hiking/camping knife can be all you’ll need in order to survive in the wilderness. Do not leave anything to chance as this might turn your survival scenario into a relaxing, stress-free holiday reeling in your catches.


Rebecca lives in the USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, a company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com.

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