Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bowfishing

Bowfishing is strictly a close-shooting affair. It's not like deer hunting, where the standard shot will be around 20 yards. When you know you are coming up on a likely carp holding area, get up on them as quietly and as close as possible. Ten yards is far away when shooting at fish.
Keep in mind water reflection, which will have a lot to do with your shot. Using your sights will do you no good when bowfishing, which is why getting close is a must. Wearing polarized sunglasses will help you spot the fish better and ultimately help you decide shot placement. Remember to aim low and not right on the fish when you want to let an arrow fly.
When bowfishing lakes, I'd recommend using a canoe or a small boat with oars, or an electric trolling motor to get on the fish as quietly as possible. Stealthiness is critical to your success, just like any other kind of hunting.
Smaller areas, like streams, that hold carp should be approached from the downstream side as to keep the noise from getting to the fish. The same kind of approach used for sneaking up on steelhead holding pools in the spring or salmon in the fall should be used for sneaking up on carp. Not only will this help your success hunting carp, but it's good practice for when deer season rolls around and you want to sneak into your stand areas. Fishing tips forum

1 comment:

Bow and Pole Fishing said...

I started bow fishing for gar in the daytime. And definatly needed sun glasses. Instead of sneaking up on the fish we just drove at faster speeds to spook the fish to the banks to get a shot of with the bows.Not a very sucessful shooting technique but it makes it fun.
We also fish at night and follow are local regs. It has been the best way to fish since that first bow fishing trip. We use a generator and halogen lights to see.
Yes 10 yards is a very far shot in bow fishing!
Keep your arrows wet and your fish dry! lol!