Being a fisherman and an outdoorsman can often require you to be prepared for any situation. With the right survival fishing kit, you have all of the essential items you need in case of an emergency. Whether it’s lost in the wilderness or stranded in hostile waters, having a specially designed tide-to-table fishing system could mean life and death for some fishermen. To help make sure that every fisherman has options if he ever finds himself in this dire situation, here are six of the best survival fishing kits available on the market today.
Rule the wasteland
With very strict guidelines for what makes a survival fishing kit, we set out to pick only the highest quality kits. Should you come into an event where this was needed, you would quickly find out that many inferior brands simply lack quality and durability. With Rule the Wasteland's survival kit, you don't have to worry about starving. Sized specifically to take up the least amount of space possible, all while including everything you need. The kit is packed in a palm-sized, watertight tin. Inside includes 33 different-sized hooks, 3 bobbers, 10 lures and various weights, and 2 different strengths of the fishing line. We love that they gave you multiple options depending on where you might end up. Should an event unfold, you would also be able to use the foldable multitool to actually gut and fillet a fish. You would be able to use the multitool for other aspects of survival as well,
- This kit is palm sized so it can fit in the side of any backpack easily
- All quality tackle
- Artificial lures are decent quality
- We wish it came with lighter line, as it comes with 15LB and 30LB
- 260 Feet of line
- 33 hooks, 10 lures, 3 bobbers
- Folding multi tool
In a panicked survival situation, this kit may literally be a lifesaver. Featuring not only hooks, fishing lines, weights, and a lure, you get a sharp knife and fire starter too! That alone means you're able to catch, clean, and cook any fish you catch. Also included is a paracord bracelet and various multitools, a Mylar blanket, as well as bandages and alcohol wipes for disinfecting. This kit prepares you for extended survival, including 3 of the 4 main survival necessities being, a survival fishing kit, mylar blanket, fire starter, and a water purifier. Our only dislike is it doesn't include a purifier, but buying one and adding it to the kit itself, ensures your long-term survival. Either way, this kit is a top contender and deserves your attention.
- Has a little of everything to keep you going in a tight situation
- Quality knife and fire starter
- Doesn't included any water purification tablets or purifier
- 35 Part kit
- Compass, wire saw, water bottle clip, emergency blanket, flint stone, flashlight, tactical pen, Paracord bracelet , Whistle, Carabiner, and black waterproof box, Fishing tools, Screwdriver, Fire tinder, spoon fork, Band aid, Alcohol Pad
While not packed in a rugged tin, it does come in a durable water-resistant baggy. What we like about this kit and where it shines, is its slim design. Featuring the ability to stick in your pocket and still have space, which makes this pick a no-brainer. Included is a bobber, beads, 3 jigs, various sized hooks, as well as split shot weights. You will also quickly realize that the second most important thing in this kit is the included handline, many other kits feature no fishing line at all. The great thing about it is, this kit is all you would need. Excelling in mountainous terrain or low-level valley, with streams, ponds, or rivers. Using the included bead, you could slide it on the line first, then add a hook, and a small split shot 3-4 feet up would be the perfect rig for any water around, mimicking a small fish egg.
- Good variety of high quality terminal tackle
- Fits in palm
- Packaged in plastic not tin
- Assembled in the USA
- 6 Mil zip lock bag
- 2 Jigs - 1 Swirl Tail and 1 Tiny Shad
- 2 Jigheads 1/16 unpainted Round
- 1 Tube of Bait - Salmon Eggs or Crappie Nibbles
- 1 Fly Size 10 1/8
- 6 Hooks - 2 x #4, 2 x #6, and 2 x #8
- 1 Wire Wound Leaders
- 6 Split Shot - 3 x BB and 3 x 3/0
- 1 Tooth Pick Float Bobber
- 50 feet of 12 pound fishing line.
Moving on with our strict criteria, BCB's kit is similar to ASE's with a little less flash. While an amazing option, at a very attractive price point, BCB will include 2 hooks, 2 lures, 2 swivels, and 2 weights. Also included, and what we like the most is the 118 feet of fishing line on a hand winder. Other kits don't give you too much line. Our only complaint about this kit, is we wish they included more, as well as putting it in a hard tin, but at this price, we cannot complain a bit. Perfect to throw in your pocket for a day hike.
- On a hand winder for easy line storage
- No tin
- Doesn't contain as much tackle as other kits
- 2 Hooks, 2 lures, 2 swivels, 2 weights, 118 feet of line
Off Grid Tools
Back to basics, as well as simplicity is the OGT's mini fishing survival kit. Featuring 2 different sizes of fishing line, 8lb, and 30lb gives you more flexibility in the size and type of fish you can catch. Also included are various weights, hooks, swivels, and jigs. A trend that we like with the survival fishing kits is the included multitool. Should you lose your main or not have one on you, this kit includes one inside the waterproof baggie. Nothing fancy, but just enough to buy you more time if you end up stranded in the woods or in a survival situation.
- Comes with multi tool
- All you need in a small package
- No zip lock or tin
- Very bare kit
- 2 Different size fishing line
- 8lb, 30 lb
- Various weights, hooks, swivels, jigs
While similar to 2 of our other picks, this is also very different. This kit includes a better hard waterproof case, as well as survival fishing cards, which would come in very handy if you don't actually fish, but want to be prepared nonetheless. Featuring about the same amount of tackle as the rest, this would be an excellent choice as you could clip it to the outside of your backpack with the included carabiner, saving even more space. Keep yourself prepared and check this one out.
- Hard waterproof case
- Wound cleaning wipes
- Easy to attach to outside of back pack
- Easy to read pictures
- Not a ton included
- Waterproof container
- Useful info on cards
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