The Mechanical Fisher, also known as the Yo-Yo is an automatic fishing reel, consisting of a stainless-steel tempered spring (enclosed in a galvanized steel sheet-metal frame) that automatically sets the hook when the trigger is released by a fish taking the bait. These reels are very popular for catching Crappie and Catfish.
By keeping a couple of the Mechanical Fishers in your survival kit, you are greatly extending your chances of providing a meal or two when there might be none...and, in turn, it leaves you with the opportunity to take care of other business at hand.
The Yo-Yo contains 20 feet of 60lb coiled line staging with a snap swivel on the end of the line. Attach a hook, a small piece of lead shot, tighten the line, engage the wire trigger and your ready for action. The Mechanical Fisher does the rest. As the fish takes the bait, it trips the trigger, snapping the line and jerking the fish out of the water.
The Yo-Yo can be attached to limbs, boat docks, the side of a boat, or any other means that will suspend the reel a couple of inches above the water. The YoYo also makes an excellent device for ice fishing.
The YoYo Mechanical Fisher is a great survival tool that should be in every survival kit, and will be invaluable in an emergency situation - however, in the meantime, be sure to check local fishing regulations before using them.
Box 1 dozen YoYos