There’s no doubt about it – when SHTF you and your family will be depending on survival food in order to be able to get through.
Freeze-dried, canned, and frozen foods are all good options to help get you through an emergency. As well as, of course, stapes like rice and beans. However, there’s something to be said for freshly caught meat, fresh from the water. And, if you happen to be nearby a body of water, you’ll need to understand how to take advantage of this in a crisis.
Fishing is an old trade that’s been useful for centuries. However, they can be awfully tricky to catch. And, when it comes to feeding your family, you’re going to want to catch all the meat you can. Which means you’re going to be out there for a while.
However, there’s one critter that lives in the water that many preppers don’t think about. Which is funny, because many of them sure like to snack on them at various restaurants and events. However, for some reason it escapes them when an emergency occurs.
Well, as crazy as it sounds, this water dweller is tasty, nutritious, AND easy to catch. It’s even easier to catch than a fish (which is really saying something). And this will come in handy, too, since survival situations often demand that you waste no time in getting sustenance for yourself and your group.
Now some people say that you simply can’t catch enough of these little critters to make a fulfilling meal. They say they’re better as a snack food, whose substance is meant to dwindle away. However, they also don’t know these secrets.
Once you understand which critter I’m talking about, and know how to get a boatload of them, you’ll soon realize that….
You’ll Love Catching This Survival Food For Supper
Whether you like to call them crawfish, crayfish, mudbugs, etc. they’re all the same. And they’re all gosh darn delicious. Steam these little guys up with some butter and some cajun seasoning, and you’ve got a meal fit for a king.
One of the best things about these little guys is you can often catch a lot of them at once. Sure, some methods may take a little more patience than others. But the payoff will almost always be worth it. Plus, when the fish are gone, these little critters are usually still sticking around for you to munch on.
Now you need to understand that there are a variety of ways to catch crawfish for your supper. And, depending on the circumstance, one of these may be more effective than the other (so it’s best to know all of them just in case). We’ll go over some of the most popular.
The Fish Net
This is probably the simplest of all the methods. Keep in mind the video I’m about to show you involves a girl just catching crawfish for fun. However, if you get in a desperate situation (and perhaps only have a net to catch food) this may be your best bet. Take a look:
The Crawfish Trap
This method requires a bit more effort, but the rewards can also be exponentially more. Get enough crawfish and you’ll be more full than you ever thought possible. Take a look at how it’s done:
Three Additional Ways
Here’s three more ways to catch a crawfish from Field And Stream:
Whether you call them crawdads, crawfish, or mudbugs, crayfish are one of the most lethal bass, catfish, and big-trout baits you can put on a hook. They also happen to taste great steamed with a little Cajun seasoning. Both are terrific reasons to get out and catch some craws. All you need is a set of fast hands, a piece of raw chicken, or an inexpensive trap. Here’s what to do.
Though not very efficient, this method is probably the most fun. Just wade into any flowing, rocky creek, and start lifting stones to find craws underneath.
Stand on the downstream side of the rock and lift toward yourself so the current flushes away the silt.Crayfish swim backward, so attack from the rear, whether using a dip net or your hands. If the latter, scoop with your palms or grab just behind the head.
Baited with shad or chicken backs, a crayfish trap ($11; frabill.com) funnels your quarry into a small opening to feed. Once in, they have a hard time finding their way back out.
Leave traps overnight in slow streams, in shallow still waters, or in eddies within fast streams. To keep captured craws from destroying the bait before more of their friends join the feast, slip the chicken or shad into a nylon stocking before loading the trap.
Great for slow- or still-water crayfishing, dipping works exactly like the crabbing method that’s common on the coast.
Tie a raw chicken leg to a nylon cord, and dip the bait among the rocks, letting it soak for a few minutes. Crayfish will grab hold of the tough skin and stay attached if you lift the bait slowly up off the bottom. Scoop them into a small dip net, but be quick; crayfish usually let go as soon as they break the surface.
Now that you’ve got all this crawfish on your hands, it can be difficult to know what the best way is to prepare them. Well, the couple in this video discovered a top secret recipe that’ll take these ordinary, boring critters and turn them into what tastes like a 5-star dinner. Take a look:
Hopefully this information is helpful to you on your next bug out excursion or camping trip. Remember, the more you know, the better off you’ll be! Prepare Now, Survive Later!