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Turn a Can Tab into a Survival Fish Hook

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This is very easy and simple.  All the tools needed for this fish hook can be found on most multi tools.  It takes only a few minutes to create.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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-can tab
-file
-wire cutters (or anything that can cut through metal)

Step 2: Shaping the hook

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Cut an opening in the bottom hole in the tab.  Make sure that you cut in at a slant.  Then start cutting away as much metal as you can around the hook.  File the hook into a sharp point.  

Step 3: The back of the hook

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Flip the tab around.  The top hole should be untouched.  This is where you will tie the line onto the hook.  File down the sharp edges in the hole.
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billbillt3 months ago

great idea..

smokehill3 months ago

A very good trick in an emergency, though if you're prepping for the Zombie Apocalypse you should stock lots of REAL fish hooks (not to mention extra lures, tackle, line, poles & some cheap Zebco reels. My two ponds will be our main source of food after the grocery stores are looted & burning, so I have LOTS of extra fishing tackle -- and enough ammunition to protect my food supply. Fish hooks are CHEAP. A couple of bucks will buy you enough to last for a dozen years, probably.

But still a great idea if you're suddenly stuck away from home & your usual supplies. Pop-top cans are everywhere, so if you have a couple of tools, or a Leatherman pocket tool, you're in business.

Might increase the strength of these (for bigger fish) by doubling up, tying two of these hooks together on the line, holding one piece of bait.

tzsch3 years ago
Not to be anti-DIY but fish hooks are dirt cheap and this looks like it would be pretty rough on the fish. I'll keep it in mind for the Zombie apocalypse though.
Microbe tzsch3 years ago
Yes, I agree. In fact, in Australia my understanding is  that non-rusting fish hooks are not allowed (I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong) - the idea is that if a line breaks eventually it will rust away, but I shouldn't want to wait that long if I had a hook in my cheek.

But would that hook be strong enough to hold anything?
smokehill Microbe3 months ago

Not sure if that is true in Australia, but it doesn't make much sense, as far as the fish's comfort. The lifespan of most fish is shorter than the time it would take for a hook to rust away.that much.

I've pulled old lures from my pond -- ones I've lost 8 or 10 yrs before -- and the hooks were still usable, even though rusty-looking. Some were still stuck in the wooden snag.

dummy1977 tzsch3 years ago
That's a good point, in case anyone's thinking about using these for fun -- they shouldn't.

But for a survival situation (which is the point of this .able), it's a good technique.
Who cares if it rips the fish up. When you need to fish with one it will problay be survival situations so I don't think you would be to worryed about the fish as long as it got to shore and you got a feed.
saskew tzsch3 years ago
have you found yet a hook that is not rough on the fish?
tzsch saskew3 years ago
Good point.
Still, I'm kind of a sap, I file the barbs off of my fish hooks. You know, you can poke a pin through your own cheek and it doesn't really hurt. The barb can cause some damage if the fish pulls loose and this hook looks a little likely to come loose. Still, I would definitely keep it in mind for real survival situations.
jlee1633 months ago

cleaver idea but it doesn't work for catching fish i did make a tool holder though with these mounted to a piece of wood (warning these are not very strong and only work for light stuff like a screw driver of pliers

phugedaboudet3 months ago

has anyone results to report on how well this works?

cdog5571 year ago
There not strong.
upitaa3 years ago
excellent idea. but i wonder what sort of fish i can get with this hook:)
theo67 upitaa3 years ago
Probably canned fish
lol
ha ha ha :D
haha
McNoodle (author)  theo673 years ago
:D
haha nice...
great idea but see its too small and too short for the fish to catch on to it
breumer2 years ago
great idea!
it would be much better to make one out of sardine can tab
simongalp2 years ago
I used EMT shears and didn't need a file. In case anyone has those on hand and no wire cutters or file.
Hippymike962 years ago
How big of a fish (pounds) could you catch with this?
Tkdwn2 years ago
It`s a nice idea, but i would atleast cut it more in a hook style.
I think that copper wire hooks would be nice to.Something in this style:
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this is an awesome idea
vanaka3 years ago
umm.... wouldn't the pop tab just float on water.......I don't know
If you had typical fishing gear, you could put a lead sinker on the line, which would take the hook under the water...If the entire getup is survivalist, though, I imagine you could perhaps tie a rock to the sting near the hook, or something else heavy, like if you had/found a metal bolt or screw lying around. Also, the weight of the bait should help it sink.
k thx!
splazem2 years ago
Awesome, very creative!
camraguy2 years ago
The historical precedent for this type of "hook" is called a gorget. It was commonly used over 12,000 years ago on the California Coast.
saintdoggx2 years ago
Creative.
nibbler1253 years ago
ill bet if the fish swallowed the hook you would snag something
nikitzz3 years ago
This is too hard for me to make:(
McNoodle (author)  nikitzz3 years ago
lol
sunshiine3 years ago
This is a great idea.
McNoodle (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks!
uw
lalexander3 years ago
there is also the tried and true "stick" type fish hook. basically a short thick toothpick formed from a hard wood with a skinny area in the middle. bait is formed over it so that the string lays flat tward one tip. the fish swallows the stick longways and the string yanks it from the center, causing the stick to dig its forward most tip in and jam sideways. the points dig in and the stick can not be gotten out or worked deeper to release the first tip. this works better than non snelled jerry rigged hooks. the trick is to not set the hook too hard because a really hard yank of the string can snap the wood. metal works too. as long as you can attach a string to the center the concept works the same.
McNoodle (author)  lalexander3 years ago
Never heard of that before, but it sounds great! I'm going to try it the next time I go fishing.
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