Turn a Can Tab Into a Survival Fish Hook

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Introduction: Turn a Can Tab Into a Survival Fish Hook

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.

Step 1: Materials

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

Step 2: Shaping the Hook

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

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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    Great idea! I could definitely see this working in a survival situation, when your options limited anyway. Thanks

    It might work in a pinch but I would bend the hook so that it's offset.

    excellent idea. but i wonder what sort of fish i can get with this hook:)

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    The other way round.

    Buy a can of fish and you get a hook on top of it for free!

    What a great offer!

    Or buy some cans of beer...and you´ll get such ideas for construction!

    :-P

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    slk13

    3 years ago

    i just saw this on ifunny

    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.

    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.

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    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?

    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.

    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.