posted on Dec, 18 2006 @ 01:39 AM
Okay, here's a tip, lizards are easy food to catch if you know how. My bush method involves finding cordage and tying a good snare.
First, cordage. This is usually any unrolled and unworked plant fiber. In the tropics i'd use some strings from palm fronds, in the desert, it's
the spine of grasses. It should be stiff, and taper, preferably from a solid stick to just a fiber or two. I find all kinds of good material
wherever i find lizrads.
To make a noose, soften the very end of the fibers, just enough to tie a small loop of any sort that will hold, the knot type isn't important, the
important thing is that you have a little tiny loop at the skinny end, this loop should be the diameter of a pencil at most, and the smaller the
better. Now, "thread the needle" by pulling the rest of the stiff cord through the loop, forming the noose. Depending on how much of a
stalk/stick you have left you can use it as it is. If you only have short cordage, take your noose and tie it to a stick with some of the same
cordage. Now you have a lethal lizardcatcher that can produce a pound of lizardmeat in an hour or less in target rich environments.
To use it, you need to be smarter than a lizard. Fortunately, lizards aren't too smart, i mean look at the IQ of our reptilian overlords for proof.
But lizards are fast. Whatever you do, don't race lizard, you'll probably lose. If you're realy good, you can hadn catch, but that requires
lots of practice to get good enough at it to make i worth it.
Find a lizard sunning on a rock or sitting still somwewhere. Carefully sneak up to the unsuspecting lizard with your instrument of death, until
you're within range to lasso the lizard's head. Slowly being the noose towards the lizard, steadily, smoothly, and slowly. You'll get a feel
for how fast you can go once you start catching or scaring lizards. Yuo can be fast enough to be efficient, but you don't want to swat at 'em.
Coming from behinf with the stick is the best form, but any angle you can get before the critter figures it out will work. Slip the noose slowly and
gently over the lizard's head. Not too slow though, just slide it loosely down to the base of the neck, and give a little tug, like you're setting
the hook in a fish. Once you tug, raise the lizard off the ground and keep it hanging till you can grab it and get it free.
Alternately, if your fishing trip turns into a survival trip, use the rod with a loop of monofilament line tied on the same way. An old fishing rod
with some spiderwire attached makes a nice setup also, and is what i started using before i got the grass trick perfected.
I can tell you this works, as i've been collecting all kinds of lizards like this since i was probably 10 years old, especially the hard to catch
Hawaiian sling, basically it's a spear with some sort of elastic attached to the back end. For as much fishing as i was doing, i went with an
aluminium, screw on type single pivoting barb, 6' length. Dive shops sell a cheaper version, basically a fiberglass dowel with a screw on tip and
The rubber used on commercial units is surgical tubing.
Now, if you could just go to the store and buy one, you wouldn't need it for immediate survival.
To make one, all you'd have to do is make a nice solid spear between 4 and 8' long, any shorter, and it's inaccurate and longer that that it's
unweildy. There's tons of info on the web on making fish spears, just follow the instructions and make it nice and straight. Try to keep some
weight at the tip end to make it "fly" better. Next, cut the rubber band out of your underwear and tie it securely to the end, making a loop at
the end of the spear.
To shoot the spear, put the loop aroubd your thum on your shooting hand,and then grasp the spear shaft. Slide the spear backwards with your other
hand till the band is stretched out far enough, and grab it, holding then tension against the thumb loop with the same hand.
Maneuver the spear tip till it's lined up with your prey, and when you're lined up, just open your hand. The spear will slingshot forward and
throuhg your prey if you're successful. Optimum range is out to 2 feet, the closer the better. After 2' you better have sniper aim and good
technique. Taking a fish 10' away isn't out of the question if it's slow moving, large, and you're a ninja with your sling. I once took a
fish at nearly 10, on a day with 6-8' visibility. A cowfish close to shore, i spotted it, didn't have my sling ready, but by the time i got loaded
it was just swiming out of visible range. I estiamted direction through the murk,used an arm thrust and release, and launched the spear into the
void in front of me, sliding the loop to my fingertips for max reach. To my surprise,i nailed the cowfish and got an easy meal on a crappy day to
dive. I didn't feel like hunting the reef in 6' vis that day, so i just went back and tossed it in the fire and had dinner.
Another tip: cowfish are tasty, even as ugly as they are.
I've used lots of high tech spearguns, single and dual band, co2 powered, even one that fired powder nailgun type cartridges, and after trying all
the "high end" stuff, with all the bells and whistles, i still prefer hunting with a good sling, i can use skill and outfish the guy with a $2000
carbon fiber pneumatic laser sighted autoreel speargun with my stick and rubber band on any day, the worse conditions the better, my advantage.
I've got a LOT of hunt/dive time in, on some of the worst days, pounding surf and howling gales, so for me it's ridiculously easy anyway, like
visiting a deli counter and pointing at what i want. When i got certified, (and i haven't dove since i've been legal) we did a beach dive on a day
that got real bad, suspended sand, 1' vis, crashing surf and confused currents. I ended up rescuing my dive instructor, finding all the gear she
lost, and carrying all her gear for a mile down the beach into the wind (gear including two aquascooters with heavy ass all day batteries) because she
was exhausted. For me it was just a standard crappy day diving, but for her it was probably the worst she's eve seen. She actually lost her
scooter, and i went back out and found it after she was safe.