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Quick Tips on Bowfishing

By Edited Jan 12, 2014 0 0

Quick Tips on Bowfishing

Bowfishing is a developing sport. Whether you are new to this activity or have been wondering why you can’t get lots of fish, here are some tips to help you.

Equipment

You will need bows, arrows and accessories. You can use a compound, long or recurve bow. The most commonly used bows are those that weigh 35 to 60 pounds but the weight should depend on what keeps you comfortable and make you at ease.

For arrows, the fiberglass ones with reversible barb are the best choice as they are sturdy and heavy enough to punch through fishes. It is better if you have spare arrows. Remember that not all arrows have reversible barb, which makes it easy for the hunter to remove the caught fish and aim another shot.

You will also need reels. They come in various shapes and sizes. Of course, the price differs too. You can choose to buy cheap basic reels that require manual winding. There are also reels that need only a push of a button to rewind on its own.

Take care of your equipment. Wash the bow and arrows after use to keep them looking good.

Boat

Do you really need a boat? Not all bowfishers go out with a boat. However, having a boat means that you could reach more areas. You can also shoot from the boat but walking in the water is highly preferred by most fishers.

You should also make sure that you have a quality fish bin. It is best to have a container than to use your boat as the container. You will deal with less fish and boat cleanup.

Clothes and Gears

When fishing using bow and arrows, make sure that you use old clothes and shoes. An old pair of shoes will not make you think twice about going through the muddy water. You should also have polarized sun glasses.

Where to Bow Fish?

Now that you have all the things you need, it is time to choose where you will hunt. Check the water depth. The ideal place for bow fishing is the one with clear water that’s at least 3 feet deep. The water that is muddy will give you a hard time.

You should also research on the favorite habitat of fishes you want to catch. For example, carps like grassy areas.

Shoot

The best part of bowfishing is when you finally get to fire a shot. It’s fun to aim, pull and release the arrow but you will be happier if you could get a fish with every shot. To increase your success rate, shoot your bowfishing bow lower than you would, based on what you see as water refracts the light and the fish appears to be higher.

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