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These Fishing Techniques Might Just Be Your Ticket to Survival


1. Bottom Fishing

What comes to your mind when you hear the word fishing? A person with fishing gear out in the waters, waiting for the big catch, is a common notion.

Well, that’s one way to catch fish, but there are several other methods, too. Bottom fishing is one of the simplest fishing techniques.

The main purpose of this technique is to target the fish at the bottom of the ocean, river, or lake. That includes fish like snapper, grouper, or sea bream.

There are two methods to bottom fishing — either with a rod or with a hand line. It depends on whichever is available and which suits you, as well.

One of the main advantages is it’s efficient and not very expensive. In short, it’s something perfect for survivalist and hobbyist alike.

2. Trolling

If you prefer targeting big fish, then this might be the best technique for you. In fact, fish caught using this technique includes the marlin, swordfish, sailfish, tuna, or kingfish.

As you know, big fish tend to swim on the surface, which makes them easier to locate and target. You will need lures and bait fish for this technique, though.

In this technique, the boat moves in a continuous rhythm, while the fisherman sits at the back. Then one or more fishing lines baited with lures are cast into the water to lure in big fish.

Watch the video from the Consummate Sportsman for trolling or saltwater fishing tips and tricks:

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3. Fly-Fishing

Fly-fishing is usually used for fish that live in fresh water, such as rivers and lakes, but it will do in saltwater on rare occasions.

As the name suggests, this technique allows the fisherman to use a fly-bait. Also, along with a special type of rod and reel.

Trout and salmon are the kinds of fish caught with this technique. Refer to this video below from Hushin as one of your fly-fishing guides:


4. Springing or Spring Fishing

This technique is also known as jigging, which is quite new compared to the other ones on this list. Japanese anglers invented this technique, too.

It involves an instrument called a jig, which the fisherman drops into the water until it reaches the bottom. The fisherman then reels the jig up using a certain rhythm and aiming for the fish at the bottom or mid-surface of the water.

Fish caught using this technique includes amberjack, rainbow runner, GT, yellowfin tuna, grouper, and yellowtail. Try your hand at jig fishing and learn how to with this From the Waters Edge TV video.

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5. Spinning

Spinning (or casting) is a more common technique, which you can do on a boat or from the shore. In this technique, the fisherman casts his rod while using a lure.

In addition, the kind of rod used will depend on the type of fish targeted. The fisherman casts his lure, then slowly reels it back in.

There are two methods for spinning. One involves a popper, which is a floating material with a cylindrical shape and a flat head. The popper is cast into the water, creating a splash, thus attracting bigger fish.

The second method involves stick baits, which are more or less like poppers and imitate the movements of a real fish. You can also find out more about this method in this video from Inside Fishing TV.


Watch this unusual fishing and learn new fishing techniques from Net Fishing Tour:

Fishing goes on every day all over the world, either for livelihood or for leisure. In fact, it’s a hobby many people would love to do if they have the free time and resources to do it.

If you’re interested in spicing up your next trip with a new fishing technique, these are only a few fishing techniques to consider. So what are you waiting for?

Get your fishing equipment and hone your fishing skills who knows could prove very useful one day.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 12, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  2. ewwhitten

    January 3, 2018 at 7:44 PM

    These are the most common … where is the unconventional?
    Crap article! A true waste of my time!

    • Anonymous

      January 3, 2018 at 9:20 PM

      I agree….I fish for Salmon in the Salmon river and these wouldn’t help at all

    • Wuzzy

      January 8, 2019 at 7:59 AM

      Hahahaha! What are the conventional ways?? What about the other info from these Bozos??

    • Mike Eaton

      January 8, 2019 at 8:08 AM

      You want unconventional? What about the use of explosives? Very naughty but by heck it works! The only problem is it destroys everything but if you are in a hurry it works! Tells everybody where you are but if you grab and run you’ve cracked it!

  3. Anonymous

    January 4, 2018 at 5:57 AM

    Bullshit article

  4. Charlie

    January 8, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    unconventional, or most used????
    this entire exercise was to get you to by tackle on Amazon! Shame on you!

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  6. Todd Grimes

    January 12, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Completely worthless. Can get more information from a Bass Pro Demo in the fish tank

  7. Donald Straitwell

    January 12, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    You guys cut survivallife some slack. They are just trying to explain the basics of fishing to others who have less knowlege of the sport. Even helping people learn where to purchase items described.Surely not a marketing ploy.

    • Anonymous

      January 19, 2018 at 11:17 PM

      Don’t believe that. This article was a joke. At least give newbies an idea of HOW to do it. Most articles have some substance this one one was a filler in the most basic/lamest of terms.

    • arizona

      June 11, 2018 at 9:40 PM

      hey donald, the title directly says “Unconventional Fishing Techniques” NONE of these are “unconventional” and in fact, most of these techniques can be found in any fishing magazine series or on line or even any salty fisher who’s willing to impart a bit of knowledge to those willing to learn. this article is proper crap when compared to the claims it’s making. are you really that much of an idiot to defend it?

  8. Ed Borne

    May 2, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    I was expecting techniques to use when you don’t have any gear…

    • Darrell Finley

      January 8, 2019 at 8:14 AM

      Try empty 20 oz. Coke bottle w lid screwed on tightly,tie fishing line any length around neck of bottle with sinkers and baited hook, when bottle is pulled partially under grab it or pull it in with another piece of line, dinner is served!!!

      • Richard Thelinlyon

        January 17, 2019 at 4:19 PM

        The plastic coke bottle is a great & often used idea! Kudos to you for not bashing the article & offering a truly unconventional method!

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