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Bug Out Fishing Gear: What You Need Without Taking Up Alot Of Space

Updated on July 30, 2012
Bug Out Fishing Gear
Bug Out Fishing Gear

Forget Something?? Bug Out Fish Gear

Their are many items that you should include in your bug out bag. This seems to be the one thing fellow preppers don't think about. If you are near and stocked stream, river, or body of water then you will need this to have a food source.

Fish is a great source for a protein food with fewer calories than other meat sources. As well as different species of fish, you can steam, bake, fry or poach fish. You can also prepare fish a lot easier than most food sources.

What a Bug Out Fishing Kit Should Include

50ft of line is beneficial, bobber small and large just incase your trying to keep concealed. If that is a issue use a sinker. Also a #4, #6, #8 hooks, salmon eggs usually 6-8 eggs. I like to use grub jigs, but lures also depend on the fish in the area, it's best to look up and buy accordingly. A small water proof container to store the fishing gear in.

Video is a little Graphic Sorry: It Shows how to Gut Trout

How to Gut Fish.

First to prepare the fish you caught you need to:

Scale it be taking a dull knife and starting at the tai and working toward the gills and apllying enough pressure to take scales off, they will fly off if done right.

Insert your knife point into the cut where the anus was located, and draw the knife toward the head, splitting the fish to the base of the gills.

Open fish and remove insides

Rinse the inside of the fish to remove any lingering parts or loose bones.

If your out in the woods put the gutted parts back in the water so you do not attract wildlife.

Cooking your Catch!

Now that you have caught and gutted your meal it's time to cook it. Mostly likely you will start a fire if your out in the woods. You can impale the fish and cook over a open fire or if you have aluminum foil you can place it in hot coals.

Place the fish in wet clay and place in fire, when the clay hardens break away and eat. The clay pulls the scales off making it easier to prep and eat.

Never eat raw because of the parasites that are in the fish from the river, stream or anybody of water.

Also cooking the fish whole after gutting in is popular to keep more flavor and nutrients. Cook until the meat is flaking off. Cooking whole includes leaving tail, head and scales.

Saving leftovers for later.

Signs of a spoiled fish or bad fish include

  • Sunken in eyes.
  • Suspicious color, gills should be red to pink
  • if you push into the fish and the dent stays.
  • Slimy.
  • Sharp or peppery taste.

Eating spoiled or rotten fish may cause:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • cramps
  • vomiting
  • itching
  • paralysis
  • metallic taste in the mouth.

These symptoms appear suddenly, Induce vomiting if symptoms appear.

Fish spoils quickly after death, especially on a hot day.

Learn how to smoke fish in the wild and preserve it longer at Learn to Smoke fish


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    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hi, caninecritics! You have some great information here. I hope you don't mind if I add a link to this in my hub about combat fishing in Alaska. :) VUM (voted up, more)

    • whonunuwho profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the reminder. We all need to have some preparation, just in case, and better to be safe than sorry.


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