Bowfishing is a relatively new sport that is gaining popularity in many parts of the United States
. It involves shooting at visible fish with barbed arrows attached to heavy fishing line. Bowfishing is particularly suited for slow-moving and still waters. Although not required, a stable boat that permits the bowfishing enthusiast to stand upright while shooting at the fish can enhance the experience.
Things You'll Need:
Heavy tape (such as duct tape)
- Bowfishing reel
- Heavy tape (such as duct tape)
- Fishing line
- Bowfishing arrows
Select a bow with a draw weight that you can hold at full draw without shaking or tiring quickly.
Tape the legs of a bowfishing reel (usually a 4-inch-diameter spool) to the front of the bow handle at a point a few inches below the arrow rest.
Attach fishing line (most bowfishing enthusiasts seem to prefer heavy braided monofilament) to the reel and wrap the the line onto the reel spool.
Attach the line to a fishing arrow, which has a heavy shaft, a barbed head and a feature that facilitates the attachment of the line to the arrow.
Nock the arrow on the bowstring after making sure that the attached fishing line will come freely off the spool once the arrow is airborne. You are now ready to fish.
Jaysen Oldroyd received his juris doctorate degree from Brigham Young University in 2003 and has been writing professionally for two years. He previously published articles in the "Harvard Latino Law Review" and the "BYU Journal of Public Law." More recently, Jaysen has written and published a number of online articles pertaining to various forms of outdoor recreation.