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    Default Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    If you were shipwrecked alone on a desert island and had nothing to eat, how would you catch your fish supper?

    Assuming these are your only possessions;
    1 pair of flip flops
    1 pair of cord tied shorts
    1 tee shirt


    Natural Resources;
    Coconut palms
    Sand, dirt, rock
    Grass and shrub
    Fish
    Sea
    Fresh water


    Go for it!

    Last edited by laguna; 08-01-2020 at 10:05.

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    I would make some line by weaving some coconut fibers together from the leaves or husk, find some thorns among the shrubs and some limpets for bait which I would have to knock off with a big stone. I would anchor them in the sand with a stone buried in the sand at low tide and go back the next low tide and hope a fish had hooked itself. Failing that I would find a sharp stick or sharpen one on the rocks and try and impale one in the shallows.
    Or I might make a rubber sand-eel out of the flip-flop handles if I could whip a couple of thorns to it and drag it through the sea if I could make enough line of the fibers.
    Last edited by markg; 08-01-2020 at 14:36.

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    Make a fish trap out of palm fronds and secure it with some rocks.
    Maybe tie it down with the cord from the shorts. Shellfish as bait inside.

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    Take off the flip flops and wade out, then tread on a Weaver fish. The resulting pain stops you feeling hungry and you save said Weaver for sweet revenge supper later on.

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    Depending on your energy levels you could make a rock pool at high tide and see what gets stranded in it when it goes out.

    Or wade across to Simon's island as he has plenty of Shellfish to eat as he's using them as bait

    This thread is pretty fun I've already fashioned a fetching bikini top out of the coconuts in the hope of luring some Mermaid on Mermaid action in my mind, those girls have got to be good at catching fish too

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    Gorge hook made from coconut shell shrapnel.

    Line from washed up pieces of nylon trawler net which adorn very beach in the world.

    Float from a plastic bottle, these also adorn every beach in the world.

    Initial bait would have to be shellfish. After that i would use fish guts and other pieces of fish such as the heads.

    I'd keep making these rigs every time i found a bottle, and leave them tethered to rocks for some rather unsporting gorge fishing.

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    Cant be bothered with all that.I would call the local fishmonger!

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    Ok where is everyone getting the Shellfish? so far Simon and Dave have them on their islands whilst I'm prancing about wearing a coconut bikini trying to attract mermaids while standing on Weaver fish.

    Can we not just eat the shellfish or am I missing something?

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    I would wade out in the flip flops, do my best Des O'Connor impression and catch the disorientated fish in my shorts.

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    Default Re: Who could catch a fish without tackle on a desert island?

    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    Ok where is everyone getting the Shellfish? so far Simon and Dave have them on their islands whilst I'm prancing about wearing a coconut bikini trying to attract mermaids while standing on Weaver fish.

    Can we not just eat the shellfish or am I missing something?
    Trouble is I would have to eat fish as shellfish wouldn't give me enough energy to give you a good s********. unless I was delirious from weaver fish poisoning.
    Last edited by markg; 08-01-2020 at 18:17.

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