An area that is of great interest to preppers and, ironically, one of the key areas I have little knowledge or experience in, is fishing. Unless you are living on the coast or on a boat I don’t see fishing in the UK as a way to keep us alive more of a variation of our diets and the addition of valuable nutrients.
In my case I live near a main body of sea water, two main rivers and there are dozens of ponds with fish in in our local area. The must be about a dozen fish farms as well. My personal experience was as a teenager fishing in ponds and a river. Caught very little and found it boring.
So starting from there I accept that I really need to learn more and get involved in fishing if I want to ensure a varied and balanced diet. The way I see it is I have several options in their field. Excuse the incorrect terminology.
- Straight Fishing
- Trapping Fish
- Fish Farming
The most obvious thought for most of us. Get out a rod and reel and cast your line into the water to catch fish. I have bought a couple of fishing rods for fishing, hooks and lures. I suspect this will be the hardest way to catch fish and not knowing any real techniques the learning curve will be a doozy.
The way it used to be done. Casting nets from the land or a boat as well as setting traps for crabs and lobsters as well as fish. Putting lines out into the river or sea to catch fish on the hooks. Basically, setting traps and checking them every few hours to see what you have caught. I think this will provide the bulk of our fish catch.
One I would like to do but without having sufficient land I am unable to do. I’ve looked at the low scale fish keeping and although I could do it after an event is it something that just cannot be kept hidden and it would be lost to scavengers. If I had the land where I could keep it out of sight I would set one up and get it running to supplement my food now.
Because I can’t set up a fish farm now I am looking at stocking up on fishing gear, rods, lures, nets, traps, etc. as well as having a few tanks for fish. Depending on timing I would look at setting up the tanks and starting the fish farm as soon as possible. Perhaps using caught fish as the basis for my stock it is was after an event.
I would be looking at setting traps and nets in the sea, rivers and streams where there are few people around or overnight if suitable. I have marked off on my maps where the bodies of water are, including the ones not on the maps, and I will need to recce them after an event to ensure that I am not going to compromise my OPSEC.
In addition using a boat on the coast for some net fishing and keeping actual rod and reel fishing for when needs must.