Originally posted by crgintx
The island if it's more than a postage stamp will also likely have birds. Even the most barren rocks in the world have birds on them. I know of no
birds that are poisonous but some birds aren't very tasty at all. That seagull will look mighty tasty after a few weeks of fish.
Excellent point! (And a virtual "WATS" from me!)
I have an old military survival manual that suggests, when adrift in a boat at sea, using inedible fish as . . . gull bait.
You tie a square knot, and arrane it on the gunwail, with the fish below the knot, with the idea that the bird lands and pokes his head into the rope,
and then you snap the line taut.
They also show using a fishing hook and line in the bait. It shows how to make a sliver of wood or piece of wire into an off-center hook, that will
twist sideways into the gulls throat, when it reaches the end of the line.
I think there's a copy of the manual online free.
Thanks for the post!
[edit on 12-5-2007 by dr_strangecraft]