From the Desk of John Rourke – August 19th, 2015

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Hiccup Update: Should have posted this last week. I appreciate everyone’s remedies and suggestions. I had the hiccups for two days and they just went away on their own. Wierd.

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I had a Ka-Bar Becker BK9 in my hand this past Sunday. Impressive knife. I hardly want to call it a knife. It is a tool. Beefy full tang blade. Carbon steel. I like it. I want it.


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Question for everyone:

Do you have any experiance with Zip Guns from Pretty neat little guns and inexpensive.


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Survival Fishing Gear: Is fishing gear worthy of inclusion in a survival kit? I am not a very experienced fisherman but do enjoy casting a line once in a while. There have been numerous times I have gone out and came back with nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s probably just me.  Is fishing a valid source of food in a survival situation? Maybe.  It depends on skill, familiarity with the “fishing hole”, and equipment.

One piece of fishing gear that could prove invaluable is a can of dog food. Punch holes in the can, lower it in the water and watch the fish come to check it out. Some dry dog food can work as well on a hook.





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  1. John, I started reading the book 299 days and really enjoyed the first 2 books of the series, but they are wanting $10 for every book!? Geez, there’s a recession going on, it’s just too much for me and especially when each book isn’t that many pages. Do you like this book so well because it mentions you and your blog in it several times? 🙂

    • Joe –

      Thanks for the comments. I think you may have my blog confused with another. I am not mentioned in 299 Days. The books are a pretty decent length for $10 I think – around 250 pages. I am reading The Survivalist right now – excellent.

  2. I think fishing has a place. Not if you’re in a hurry to bug out but once you can slow down. Some line, hooks and sinkers as a minimum. Maybe some bobbers or other floats too. Maybe some lures. See whats happening here? Where do you draw the line. Think “cane pole style”. Simple. Also trot lines and similar unoccupied techniques. A cast net is great especially for coastal areas. A decent fillet knife will go along way in cleaning fish too.

  3. Opps, you’re right, my bad. It was another blog I was thinking of. I’ve started on the Survivalist too, another excellent read.

  4. I haven’t completed a “fishing kit” in my gear, but I do have some of those YO-YO reels. I figure they’d be like a trap, always working, sort of like a trot line.

  5. Hiccup cure- guaranteed.
    I learned a cure for hiccups from Men’ Healyh magazine many years ago and have used it numerous times. This sounds crazy, but it WILL work. Fill a glass (12 oz?) with water, place a butter knife in the glass. Lift the glass and place the part of the knife sticking out of the glass on your temple(it doesn’t matter which end of the knife is in the glass). Continue to hold the knife here while you drink the entire glass of water. Hiccups gone. (No, this is not some trick to spill water down your chest).

  6. I remember reading a study by a Canadian Armed Forces branch (can’t remember which one) some years ago, that discouraged people out in survival mode from wasting too much time fishing. . . the return in protein as opposed to the time spent fishing was not worth the time. Ithink trot lines or fish traps would be the way to go. . . . unless you are where the salmon are running, or near the ocean

  7. On fishing thing
    I have been looking for what we used to see all the time as a kid. A wrapped lines with float, sinker and hook.The idea was to put on a cane pole back then. What we used to do in the small southeastern creeks and drainage ditches .. was cast the line by hand holding the spindle it was on and tossing it out. We caught very small fish .. by the double hand fulls.. easily enough for a meal in a few minutes or hour… dried meat soaked in some water is tough and you don’t lose it much .. or insects .. worms .. Small hook.. We used a pole and a bent leaf to dangle in front of bullfrogs .. I really like Tim’s idea of yo yo’s .. overnight .. nothing to lose . since it’s not active use. I’ll have to add that. Anyway I can’t find those cane pole setups anymore .. everybody is too sophisticated I guess. We used one to sew up a piglet that mamma stepped on and cut .. Be ugly stitches .. but still .. beats bleeding out. Oh! the piglet lived .. 🙂 We have a lot of ponds and “borrow pits” in the south .. you can count on several things in each for about 9 months or so. Snakes, fish, animals coming to water, insects, bats, Willow canes (traps, shelter, boiled tea for aspirin).. water of course and fish… and some gators .. in the cold months migratory water fowl… I suppose it is regionally dependent.. ttyl

  8. Rick and goingray58 said it. Fishing gear as a survival tool depends on whether you’re near water, what kind of water and what’s in it.

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