According to some estimates, humans having been fishing for more than 40,000 years.
Way before rods and reels. How did they catch those fish? Primitive fish traps.
But just because they’re primitive doesn’t mean they aren’t effective today. You can still make a fish trap and catch fish.
Now, there is scientific evidence that early humans were able to deep sea fish, but for this article, let’s focus on primitive fish traps anyone could try: the Native American trap or weir and the fish basket.
1. Native American Trap/Weir
This fish trap is the easier of the two to make. Sticks embedded in the shallow water with an opening in the shape of a funnel let’s fish in, but because of their natural tendencies, they can’t get out.
The following video shows a simple fish weir. A fish even gets trapped in it as proof of concept.
2. Primitive Fish Basket
The primitive fish basket operates on the same principle: fish swim into the trap, but they can’t figure out how to escape. However, the basket is a much more intricate device. Basically, you’re weaving a cone-shaped basket. It’s a fishing device that could be used for a long time.
The following video shows how sticks and vines can be woven into this primitive fish-catching device.
While it’s nice to have the latest and most advanced fishing gear—and sometimes it’s difficult enough with that equipment to catch fish—the primitive methods still work.
And they cost a lot less.