How To Use A Survival Fishing Spear

In the realm of outdoor experiences, few look as simple but are as difficult in practice as using a survival fish spear to obtain necessary food. Although the concept is basic and does not seem as though it requires much thought, there are many common mistakes made by beginners to survive living that result in failure while attempting to spearfish.

Without a proper fishing spear, patience, and a brief period of practice throwing, an individual hoping to catch fish in this manner will be greatly disappointed with their efforts at utilizing an excellent survival food source. An individual that uses simple common sense in a survival setting, however, will find a fair amount of success rather quickly fishing with a spear.

Using a survival fish spear begins and ends with the quality of the spear that is created. A spear that is too thick will have a slow impact when it hits the water allowing fish to escape. Similarly, a fishing spear the has too thin and sharp a point will most likely break with every missed throw, consuming precious time to make repairs frequently.

A proper survival fishing spear is about the circumference of an average man’s thumb and about 5 to 6 feet in length, made of the hardest wood that is available. The sharp end of the fishing spear should have multiple points if possible, as this will increase the chances of success because the person throwing the spear does not need to be as accurate.

The location to use a survival fishing spear in is important and should be a place where fish are seen frequently, in water that is not too deep or fast-moving. An individual should try to refrain from standing in the water when possible, as the shadow cast will most likely frighten fish away.

Instead, a person using a survival fishing spear should crouch on the shore or bank of the water, spot their prey, and release the spear quickly. It is very important to “lead” the fish approximately 6 to 12 inches when throwing the spear.

When the spear breaks the water the fish will bolt forward in the direction they are facing, so a spear thrown directly at the fish will likely miss the mark. It is imperative to practice patience in survival spearfishing and not to become discouraged if success is not immediate, with practice skills will be sharpened and an individual will eventually catch fish.

The best times to spearfish are in the hour after sunrise and the hour just before dark, as many species of fish enter more shallow water to feed. The more shallow the water the less resistance the fishing spear will have upon impact, and the greater the chance of getting much-needed food in a survival setting.

Andrew Lang

I inherited my passion for fishing from my late father. I often write about my experiences with trout fishing, inshore fishing and deep sea fishing.