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Getting into bowfishing/article on what is needed

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:47 pm
by RedAshOutdoors
GETTING STARTED IN BOWFISHING
by Eric Giles

Spring will be here soon and with that comes breaking out the bowfishing gear for another year of carp stickin’. For my first article I will go into what it takes to get started in this highly addictive sport.

First thing we will go over is choosing a bow, This is the subject of much controversy but in my opinion the best bow for bowfishing would be an older recurve with a draw weight of between 35 to 50 lbs. A lot of the guys you see out bowfishing will be using their hunting compound bows which is also fine to use, the only difference is that with a recurve you can get the quick shots off that take just a little longer with the compounds. Best thing to do is use what your comfortable shooting whether it be a garage sell special or a top of the line Oneida. You can get a bow from under a $100 all the way up to $700 or more.

After you get your bow chances are it won’t be all set up for bowfishing so next you will need an arrow. The arrows for bowfishing are quite different than those used for hunting, instead of the wood, aluminum or carbon arrows you will be using a heavier fiberglass arrow. The added strength fiberglass gives the arrow helps when you miss your targets and hit a rock or anything else that’s at the bottom of the waters you will be shooting in. Also your bowfishing tips are also different than those used in hunting, instead of blades the points have barbs to make sure the fish won’t get away after the shot. There are a number of different points available on the market some that the points screw completely off and some that the points are just unscrewed a couple turns and the barbs reverse allow the arrow to be removed from the fish. Also the nocks you can use regular nocks or if you do a lot of night fishing or you would like to see where your arrow goes once its shot, we use Firenock lighted nock systems. Once shot the nock lights up enabling you to follow your arrowed fish. For the whole set up of arrow, point and safety cable system will run between $10 and $30 depending on what kind of point you decide on.

The Safety Cable systems are almost a must for safety reasons cause there is always that chance of the dreaded snap-back. I will get into the rigging of your arrows in a later article, showing how to do so and what to use.
Now lets talk about the reel. There are three basic styles of reels for bowfishing.

1. The hand reel, which screws into your stabilizer or tapes to your recurve is the cheapest of the three styles. It doesn’t have any way of retrieving the arrow so you have to hand wind the line onto the spool. This type of reel costs $10 to $20.

2. The normal Fishing reel or spinning reel is also another way of retrieving your fish. Just make sure it has strong line on it, I would suggest 100lb test for fish in southern Illinois. Now Texas or other places with alligator gar and things like that will probably be more likely to use 400lb test line. To attach this style of reel to your bow you will need to use a reel seat. A reel seat will screw right into your stabilizer hole, and the reel will attach to it just like a mini fishing pole off the front of your bow. The Zebco 808 is specially made for bowfishing and will run you around under $50.

3. AMS has come out with a retriever that is somewhat like a fishing reel except there is not bail to open, there for no snapped line if you forget to push the button before shooting. Once shot you must pull a trigger and then begin reeling in your arrow. This style runs between $60 and $80. And comes with 130lb test line.

For less than $200 you could be set up to enjoy one of the fastest growing, most addictive outdoors sports today BOWFISHING!

If you have any questions about bowfishing or how to get some products needed feel free to message me and I will help you in the right direction. I am also starting a new bowfishing club in Southern Illinois called the Bowfishing Association of Southern Illinois or BASI for short.

Re: Getting into bowfishing/article on what is needed

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:58 am
by peterjones
yeah....

i wil soon be contacting you as i'm also planning to take up some bowfishing activities...thanks for the article sit really helped me alot....

Re: Getting into bowfishing/article on what is needed

PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:32 am
by joeyPop
Thank you for this thread it helps a lot to me. :D

Re: Getting into bowfishing/article on what is needed

PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:35 am
by nomi000
I wouldn't eat em if they weren't toxic , unless I was starving or something ! :roll:

Are there toxins in the water where you are shooting them ???

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