BowFishing 101- Let’s Get Started.
By Josh Morrissey
May 24, 2006 – 10:55:00 AM
Have you ever turned on the TV and saw someone bowfishing
and then thought about how much fun it would be? Well it is fun, and it is very
easy to get started.
There are basically
5 things you need: a bow, a reel, a good fiberglass arrow, an arrow rest, and
good arrow tips. There are also some
helpful items you will need to make your bowfishing adventure a success and
I?ll cover those at the end.
First, obviously the most important thing is a bow. Most people use an older bow that wouldn’t be
a huge loss if you accidentally drop it in the water. There are also many people who use a recurve
or longbow. It is however, much easier
to set up a compound bow with newer bowfishing products than try to retro-fit a
stick bow. There are a number of high
quality compounds made just for bowfishing such as the new AMS Fish Hawk
bow. The Fish Hawk is a compound bow
that uses the speed and power to take down the biggest trophies, while shooting
as easy as a traditional bow.
|AMS Retriever Fishing Reel
Now after you get your bow ready, you need to get a
bowfishing reel. A favorite of most
people, including myself, is the AMS Retriever Bowfishing Reel. It is basically a bottle with the line in
it. The line is piled into the bottle,
instead of wound up on a spool, which causes zero speed loss. It is very easy to use and one of the safest
to shoot. While the Zebco route will work
I highly recommend the AMS Retriever due to it?s ease of use and safety. There are also other companies that sell
bowfishing reels so you do have a wide range of choices. To me, safety is key
and AMS is all about safety.
ARROWS AND ARROW POINTS
There are many arrows out there for bowfishing, but I
have found the best are fiberglass. The
fiberglass arrows sink better and deliver more accuracy and power. AMS also sells some great fiberglass arrows
with Muzzy Bowfishing points on the end.
Sullivan Industries has also come out with a super fish arrow and point
so you should look into both of these avenues. Some people shoot with
fletchings on their arrows, but that can make it more inaccurate as it hits the
water. So, I use plain shafts. I also recommend taking two arrows at least,
just in case.
|AMS Fish Arrow with Garpoon Point
First the Muzzy?s.
The Muzzy point is like a fixed broadhead, but you can rotate the barbs
forward for easy fish removal. It is one
of the most effective on bigger fish or fish with harder sides. It also has great holding power and strength.
|AMS Fish Arrows with Muzzy Points
There are other companies that make similar points but
the new Innerloc shows some real promise. This tip can be compared to a
mechanical broadhead. A sharper angle on the tip provides exceptional
penetration with the barbs folded tightly to the body for better penetration, then the large 2
3/4-inch diameter barbs open. To remove the fish you simply unscrew the tip and
fold the blades forward.
|Sullivan Grapple Fish Point
|AMS Wave Rest
One of the biggest problems is Arrow Rests. You may think your deer hunting Rest will
work, but believe me, most will not hold the weight of a fiberglass arrow. There are Rests, however, that are made just
for the fiberglass arrows and bowfishing.
AMS? newest one, the Wave Rest is one of the best. It offers great arrow control when you need
to quick swing and shoot and also uses rollers for minimal arrow wear. Another is the Carolina Archery Fish Biscuit,
it is just like the Whisker Biscuit, but has sturdier bristles to hold the
arrow. Of course, you definitely don’t
want to use fletching if you use the Fish Biscuit.
|Fish Biscuit Rest
Other items I would recommend for bowfishing include;
polarized sunglasses to allow you to see through the glare on the water, a
spotlight for night bowfishing, a hat, sunscreen, a cooler or something to put
your fish in and finally a billy club to finish the fish off if it has some
life left in it when you get it out of the water.
Now all you need is some water, a bank, a dock or a boat
and you are ready to start having some bowfishing fun!
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