Never forget the depths of the ocean, and the life it sustains.
Now I’m no famous fisherman, however I served my time on the 7 by 14 mile island of Saipan. Now most Americans have no clue what that place is unless they served in WWII. For those of you who went to public school along with me, and have no idea what the hell the Saigon-pan-su… however you say it… allow me to edjumacate you.
Known for the bloodiest battle in the second great world war, Saipan, now an American Commonwealth in the Mariana’s Islands, served as my home for 13 beautiful (grueling) months. I headlined in my own show 12 times a week… and when I wasn’t practicing or performing, I spent my time diving as deep as my little lungs would allow.
My great friend Morito (ironically he is Japanese) taught me the island way of life. The method of harvesting your own food as you needed it. Quite frankly, it’s debatable in my mind as to whether or not it’s superior than any permaculture out there (Sorry Chet), but of course no “great reward” comes without great risk. For me, risking my life daily was the most peaceful thing I could do – as I was surrounded by serenity. Fish, sea turtles, and even the sharks seemed peaceful.
I learned to dive down nearly 80′ on a single breath of air, wait at the bottom, and hand select my evening feast. Rich with exotic fish, you simply select your desire, line up your sites, squeeze the trigger, and return the surface. Saipan allowed for me to walk in from the shore… many locations may not provide for this opportunity.
Although it became second nature after a short time, there are of course many dangers involved in this type of harvesting, but it should not be over looked. When you factor in the incredible benefits of fresh fish, you may decide it’s well within your acceptable risk level. After all, if food is scarce, then your neighbors may be waiting to ambush you when you set foot into your garden. In a WROL (Without Rule Of Law) situation, there will be very few safe ways to harvest your food.
Of course there are many things to consider, and free diving/spearfishing is just one of many options that in my opinion should not be ruled out. Partly because a speargun can act as a VERY deadly weapon on the surface, as well as a controlled way to select your food underwater, fresh or saltwater.
2) Fins (I prefer long fins)
4) Float line
6) Wet Suit
You can go overboard and get more gear, like a depth gauge on your watch (which by the way Citizen makes a solar powered dive watch with depth gauge that never takes batteries, and glows in the dark. I wear mine daily), and many other accessories.
It’s best to do some research ahead of time. Does your nearby lake have underwater streams connecting them to other lakes in the region? If so, this is probably not a good idea. Can you access your ocean walls by just walking in, or do you need a boat?
Depending on your region, I’d suggest having some gear around. I’ve caught exponentially more fish on a spear than I ever have with a rod and reel. Weigh your risks, but consider this as you prepare for SHTF.