Episode-386- Fishing a Part of a Sustainable Food Supply — 8 Comments

  1. Another great show Jack.

    I never thought of that trick with PVC.
    As soon as I heard you say that I did a Google image search with the words crappie and PVC.
    Wow, lots of good designs and very simple to make.

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Catfish tubes are another trick with PVC pipe, take a 3 or 4 foot piece of 6″ or 8″ pipe and cap an end.  Drill several holes for drainage, and a larger one close to the tip of the open end. Tie a rope to the hole on the open end. Drive a stake into the ground or tie it off to a tree with a liberial length of any kind of water proof or rope so that the pipe is close to the bottom in a shady spot.  Let it stay there a couple of days, then just pull up the “Catfish Tube” and you can dump your catch out on the bank. If you have catfish in your waterway you will of humanly trapped one with no bait. If you do not make it to your tubes no worries the fish will come and go on there own.  Just adjust the diameter of the tube for the size of fish you want to catch.  I may do a how too and post on the forum.        

  3. great show jack! i’ll second HoC’s thoughts on the PVC idea you shared.

    have you ever used “tight lining” when catfishing?
    im not sure if thats the official name, but its basically like cane polling but with a regular fishing pole. you cast the bait out in the water, then let is settle on the bottom. then you take the slack out of the line and clip a bell to the end of the pole and WAIT!

    nothing like tight lining on a nice saturday night with some good friends and some good beer!

  4. Jack

    Awesome show. I like the ones about hunting and fishing because of the personal anecdotes and because I hold both topics near and dear.

    There are about a hundred ways to “line” for catfish and other species. The only thing you said that I found odd is that you use mono at the end of your twine.

    I have found personally that method to be too risky. I probably catch a few less fish because I use nylon twine all the way down (sometimes varying the thicknesses). But I also see less failures and broken lines than I had before. The reason for using nylon straight is that it has less of a stretch rate than mono and is definitely less brittle. I’ve seen catfish live even through a gut hook but I hate leaving one in that gets away as much as I hate loosing hooks.

    I also find that the better coated nylons need less maintenance and replacement than mono. But hey to each his own, right? Just something I found helpful.



  5. Awesome show – the last part about sustainable lifestyle ‘for you’ is so needed, nicely put.

    One thing about health and fish – even if you have your own pond system – rain can be more or less polluted depending on where you are and downwind of. If you’re downwind of a coal plant your water may get a lot more mercury or dioxin in it, well-probably WILL, than other folks even if you’re water it otherwise ‘clean’. So pollution in the rain is something to consider. There’s a whole host of phytoremediating plants one can grow in the pond edges to help make the water less polluted, but that’s a show unto itself.

  6. Jack,

    Great show! I think Ben has a great idea when he mentions phytoremediating plants, and that might be a great topic for a future show.

    Also, when you were talking about trot-lines, you said that you can get quick-release clips for that. Surely you must have meant magazines? 😛

    Have a great one,


  7. How about explosives, and electricity for fishing if shtf?

    Just another idea to throw out there. 😀

  8. Thanks for the link! I get a lot of hits on that trotline article. I guess I should follow up on it sometime. Good podcast–listened to it this morning. Just wish it would warm up so I could get back out on the water.