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BOWFISHING TACKLE

"I recommend compact, no-letoff compound bows designed
for bowfishing, such as PSE's Mudd Dog or Discovery,"
advises Capt. Bob Wetherald. "Their smooth draw cycles
promote fast and intuitive shooting. We prefer AMS Retriever
Pro reels over closed-faced [spin-cast] reels due to the
safety aspects of not having to push the line release button
prior to each shot."
PSE offers these bows in kits that provide everything you
need to get started. The Discovery kit costs around $300.
Along with reels, AMS also supplies fish hunters with arrows
and barbed points; it never hurts to have a spare or two.
pse-archery.com, amsbowfishing.com
Fish hunting is at minimum a two-person sport, while three is
ideal. One person should steer the boat and/or work the spotlight while another person shoots. For night hunts, a spotlight
and a headlamp for each person are a must. A Thermacell
unit, such as the rubber-armored MR450, to ward off flying
insects is also recommended. thermacell.com

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Photo: Mitch Kezar / WindigoImages.com

inches low. If it's a couple feet deep and 5 yards distant, you
might aim 2 feet below it.
Aiming is best accomplished either instinctively or by
using the "arrow gap" technique. Sights are impractical. The
gap technique is a method to gauge your aim by looking at the
target in relation to the tip of the arrow. An inch of perceived
gap between the tip and the fish might translate to the arrow
impacting a foot below the fish at a certain distance, but everyone's perception is different. With trial and error you'll figure
out what works for you, provided you keep a consistent grip
and anchor point. Like most archers, my anchor point is the
corner of my mouth, and I use this as a reference for how far
to draw the bow back during each shot.
When you connect with a fish, refrain from raring back on
the bow as some fishermen instinctively do as if setting a hook.
Instead, keep steady pressure on the line and reel. Larger fish
are best landed by net or gaff.
Once in the boat, place the flopping fish directly in an ice
chest. If the arrow is buried in the fish, thrust it all the way
through. Then unscrew the arrowhead to fold down the barbs
or remove it altogether to allow backing out the arrow. Then
slam the cooler lid shut and high-five your buddy.
If you're like me, bowfishing-or fish hunting-is like shooting
doves for the first time: It's great fun with friends amid wonderful weather, and if you nail a few fish out of many attempts, you're
doing good! If you miss-and you will-simply reel in the arrow
and take another crack.


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