My new boyfriend’s best friend is getting into bowfishing and it sounds like a lot of fun. He’s invited us to go, but I don’t know what to expect or how to prepare. Will my bow work for bowfishing? Is there any particular equipment I need to buy? What should I expect my first time out?
Shooting for Carp in Carthage
Bowfishing is easily one of my favorite activities to do in the summer. When I first started dating my husband, back in North Carolina, we spent never-ending weekends on Lake Norman aiming at big carp and fat catfish.
My best advice in terms of your setup is to invest in a cheap youth-model bow with a bowfishing reel and arrows. This is because it’s difficult and time consuming to transfer your current hunting setup to bowfishing, and back again. It also helps to have a bow that many people can shoot, in case you want to introduce other friends to the sport. Personally, I chose a youth bow because bowfishing consists of shooting a lot in a short amount of time, which is facilitated by a shorter draw length and lighter draw weight.
While many a bowfishermen opt to go with a normal hunting release, I prefer to use my fingers. If you opt to go this route, bring along some sort of electrical or hockey tape to swaddle your fingers when the shooting gets rough.
Once your rig is set up, the real preparation begins. Keep in mind that bowfishing is much different than any other kind of fishing, or even hunting. Instead of casting a line and hoping a fish will swim by and take the bait, you’re trolling the riverbanks to spot fish and praying they’ll stay still long enough for you to get a shot.
For the rest of my response, check out this week's Ask Writing Huntress column on the Women's Outdoor News website!