Such a great idea - incorporating basic fishing needs into a paracord survival bracelet. Even if not used for fishing, the extra fishing line could be very handy.
Stay tuned for part 2, using the paracord fishing bracelet!
John: Hey there, guys. John here of course, and today weíre going fishing. There is actually going to be a little bit of a twist on this fishing trip. Are we going to need our old fishing rod? Not for this trip weíre not, so let me just toss that baby. Are we going to need a bunch of fancy tackle and equipment, like I have loaded up here in the old vest? Nah, weíre not going to need that for this video either, so that can go.
What weíre going to be using is just the good old fishing survival bracelet. Now, as some of you guys may know, a little while back I did a video showing how to make a standard cobra-weave paracord bracelet with fishing tackle incorporated into it. Little did I know at the time that was going to become my highest-viewed video. Along with that Iíve gotten a lot of requests to actually show the bracelet in action, which is what weíre going to do today.
Let me get this brook part here. Weíll go over the contents just really quickly. Iím not going to rehash the other video. Weíll get this rigged up using only the bracelet and the natural resources in the area. Weíre going to catch us some fish.
John: Okay, guys. Here is the situation. Youíre out. Youíre filming a YouTube video on how to catch fish using only your paracord bracelet. Wait, actually that doesnít sound very exciting.
New scenario: Youíre out. Youíre in a survival situation. Youíve been out a couple days, stumbling around, lost. You canít find your way home. Youíre getting hungry by this point. You stumble across some water. Guess what we have? The paracord fishing bracelet.
The first thing weíre going to want to do of course is pop this baby off. As you can see, this is just a standard cobra-weave bracelet, guys. There is actually no visual difference between this and any other paracord bracelet youíve seen, which makes it more comfortable to wear. Itís not bulky or anything like that, which is my point in stating that.
What weíre going to do here is start tearing this baby apart. Weíll actually go to the tag ends and try to work those loose. Of course nothing ever comes easy on video, especially when youíre doing it in one take. Iím assuming this is going to be no different, so bear with me here. This is where we use the teeth. There is nothing like survival to bring out the savage in you.
Now you have your tag ends torn apart. This is one area where I want to stop really quickly and just not a quick change from this bracelet to the original bracelet. This actually came from viewer comments. Some of the changes to this bracelet were actually due to some of those helpful comments. I just want to say thanks a lot for posting some of those. We all learn from each other and thatís one of my favorite parts of YouTube.
One of the comments that were left was that in the original bracelet, I actually had the weights in the inner strand. Somebody had suggested that you may just want to put them in the tag end, which is what I did in this bracelet. You can see here, once you get that tag end apart, work it apart, and I have two very small, little split-shot sinkers, some weights in there.
There are our weights that weíre going to need. Iím going to set these where we hopefully can find them. One other thing, as Iím tearing this apart because thatís the next step of course, is regarding the weights. A lot of you mentioned using lead weights and having those in close proximity to your skin may be a concern due to lead poisoning and things like that. There are a couple different ways around that. You can use tungsten weights or stainless steel split shots, which is what I would recommend.
However, if youíre going to go with the lead weights, you can simply coat those with a clear nail polish or something like that. It will get them sealed up. You wonít have any concerns like that. Honestly, I think the concerns are pretty much minimal anyhow, just regarding that issue, due to the fact that they are on the interior of the bracelet. Even with sweat and all that, theyíre going to pose a really minor risk. If you are concerned about that, those are a couple of ways around that, though.
I can see fish jumping out here on the pond. It looks like hopefully weíre set up for some success here. I donít know if you guys can hear this or not, but we have a tractor going over here, which is always helpful by the way in a survival situation. Some of the things you want to watch out for are rescue, of course. You donít just want to be sitting out here by the pond fishing with your bracelet if thereís a tractor about 50 feet away. Just a quick tip. You guys probably knew that one but I just like sharing my knowledge.
Anyway, Iím going to get this tore apart. We have the bracelet pretty much torn apart here. One thing I wanted to say on this one is it is a duel color bracelet; therefore it is spiced. You can utilize the same method if you want, a single strand piece of paracord thatís going to keep your full eight-and-a-half feet of paracord intact, if you want the full use out of that.
Anyhow, getting down to it here, this is the meat in the matter right here. What Iíve got is fishing line. You can see itís a braided fishing line wrapped around the entire two-strand inner cord of this bracelet. Of course you can fish with the inner strands of the paracord itself; however, itís really bright white strands and theyíre fairly thick, especially for smaller fish and things like that. If you can come across some larger fish, like catfish, salmon, or whatever the case may be in areas that you live, than by all means, those inner strands are going to work a lot better. However, nothing beats fishing line for fishing. Itís just like any other thing, the right tool for the job. Thatís one of the reasons of course that I included the fishing line.
Along with that is the fact that you can obviously keep your paracord bracelet intact by not having to dig into it to get fishing line. Or, if you donít need to fish, you can also use the braid line for snares, for cordage. One of the reasons I went with this braid line is that it is a 30-pound breaking strength cordage here. If you need cordage without wanting to sacrifice your main length of paracord, you obviously have that capability by utilizing your fishing line.
In this instance, Iíve got about 12 to 15 feet of line wrapped around here. You can really pack on some line if you want to, guys. You can probably get, Iím venturing to guess, over 50 feet easily of fishing line wrapped around the inner cord without it affecting the look of the bracelet whatsoever.
As you can see, Iíve got the line unwrapped from the majority of the bracelet. Weíre actually getting into another component. That is some of the fishing tackle that weíve included in here. Iíve just put a little piece of electrical tape over the components in here just to protect them a little bit once it was wrapped, to help keep everything in place. Let me get this unwrapped and weíll see what we have in here.
As you can see, Iíve just unwrapped a really small, little package from the bracelet. This was attached to the inner cord. First of all what we have, and this is another departure from the original video, is Iíve got just a bit of tinfoil here. Tinfoil is something that Iíve been using since I can remember, since I was a kid. It was a little trick my dad taught me of simple fish attracting. You can use that to wrap a small piece around your weights. If youíre stream fishing, trout fishing, or something like that, it acts as a attractor for the fish to find your bait a little bit easier.
Also, you can make a makeshift lure out of this if you donít have any bait. You can actually just put a small piece of this and rig it to your hook or on your hook even. It will act in some instances as enough of a flasher to actually catch a fish on just the tin foil. Itís a really great addition.
Inside of the tinfoil, what I have is a couple of hooks. I have a couple different things here. This is also different, an upgrade from the original. I have some really small hooks. I donít know if you can see this or not but a really small hook. I think weíre running a 10 or 12 here on this one. What I also have, and this is the upgrade, is a small beadhead Ö I donít know if you can see that little guy or not, but heís tiny.
A lot of the times, you have the line, you have your weights, you have your hooks, you have all that, but bait may be an issue. Youíre going to want, obviously, some way to attract and catch the fish. There is no shortage of bugs in the outdoors, as you guys know. A bumble bee, a beetle, or even an ant will do the trick when youíre fishing like this. You just canít beat it. In the instance you cannot find some natural type of bait, itís really good to have something like this fly along. Itís a presentation in and of itself.
Now I have motorcycles going off so Iíve got search and rescue all over here: tractors, motorcycles. Theyíre all out looking for me so I should be home by at least enough time to upload this video. Anyway, let me get rigged up here and weíll actually proceed to the fish-catching stage.
Weíre all rigged up here. Let me show you what I have really quickly. I just took a simple branch. You can hand line this of course. I like the branch with the amount of line that I got because it gives me a little bit of extra reach out there. What Iíve done is simply attached a single split shot probably about eight to 10 inches above the hook. I have my sneld hook on here.
Rather than going with the fly that I had, because I felt that was a little too easy, I wanted to show and illustrate the natural baits that can be found. Unfortunately this is a roly-poly, guys. Please forgive me. I love these little guys. I used to play with them as a kid all the time. Itís kind of suck sacrifice in this little guy.
Anyway, the point is that you can find natural baits. This is a natural bait right here. Letís see if we can catch a fish.
All right, guys. The roly-poly was a fail. He came off the hook when I got a bite and I wasnít able to catch the fish. What Iíve done is Iíve switched over to the little beathead nymph that I have here. This is really good that this happened because it illustrates the importance of having more diverse equipment, or like I said earlier, the most bang for your buck. Itís getting toward dark. Iím running out of daylight. Weíre going to go to the nymph instead of searching for more insects that we may or may not catch fish on. Weíll see how this does.
Ha, ha, ha. The sweet smell of victory! Or the look of a slimy fish, whatever. Ouch. He poked me. Man, he swallowed it good. Anyway, just goes to show that the old bracelet works. It really doesnít take much, guys. Like I said, the biggest part of fishing is obviously knowing a little bit about the fish, a little bit about the basics of fishing. Itís really not about necessarily all the gear and the equipment that you have with you.
Iím getting him back in the water. Anyway, guys, like I said, I just wanted to show this. This has kind of been a goofy video and my intention wasnít too minimize the importance of survival gear or survival situations, things like that. It is good to be prepared, but itís also important, I believe, to have a good attitude and to have fun, things like that. Those are the things that keep your spirits up. Thatís the way Iíve tried to have this video come across.
Like I said, just to summarize really quickly, the bracelet is just some fishing line, little weights, some bait scrounged in the area on a little hook Ö Speaking of hooks really quickly, when you do go with hooks, go smaller because you can catch small fish with a small hook and a big fish with a small hook, but you canít catch a small fish with a really big hook.
A lot of the times itís going to be fish like these bluegill or chubs or smaller fish that are what youíre going to be catching. Youíre not going to necessarily get yourself a 10- or 15-pound fish for a meal in a survival situation. Itís just getting these little things that you can get.
I can hear sirens. I guess that means theyíre coming to get my finally. Whew. The ordeal is all over. Itís a good thing because I threw my fish back too (laughs), so I wouldnít be having dinner.
Anyway guys, thatís all I got. Like I said, I wanted to have some fun with this video and actually show the bracelet in use, have a little bit of fun, and of course get out and fish. Thatís what I do.
Thatís all I have. Until next time, you guys take really good care and weíll be seeing you soon.