Tips For Bow Fishing
Archery fishing is also known as bow fishing and it is as ancient as the bow and arrow themselves. We in the West are inclined to reckon that only poorer tribesmen in Third World countries go bow fishing, but that is not quite right.
These days the hunting of mammals is strictly regulated and so some people who like to hunt with a bow will turn to bow fishing if the animals that they like to hunt, say deer, are out of season. Some other people, who would not kill a deer or bear are very pleased to hunt fish in this way.
Bow fishing is a skillful sport, but the equipment need not necessarily be hi-tech. The fact is that you can use whatever bow you have or you can just make one. It does not have to be strong, because the quarry is seldom more than ten feet away. You categorically do not need a 100 lbf longbow to kill a trout.
Having said that, any bow used for fishing will need to be adapted slightly – you will need to attach a reel to it, but it does not have to be anything fancy. There are three principal types of reel for use in bow fishing: hand-wrap, spincast and retriever and the line is usually braided nylon of approximately eighty pounds although you might require six hundred pound breaking strain line for alligators or sharks.
It is worth checking out the regulations with regard to bow fishing in your country or state, because sometimes bow fishermen have to be licensed and sometimes getting that license involves having attended a safety course.
Some regions will even have regulations concerning the kind of gear you can use in bow fishing and of course, some fish have seasonal limitations.
Bow fishing is a mixture of fishing and hunting, so you could have to learn some new skills like tying knots for example. You will need to be able to tie the line to the reel and the arrow and those knots will need to be able to place up with the tremendous acceleration that an arrow leaving a bow goes through without failing.
The bow may not differ much from a normal bow, but the arrows certainly do. Arrows for bow fishing are normally a lot more substantial that air-flight arrows. They also have barbed points to prevent the fish escaping or just slipping off when you reel it in. The arrows do not have fletching either because flights are apt to avert the right course of the arrow in water – the opposite of in the air.
There are three main techniques used in bow fishing: 1] you can place down ground bait and lie in wait. – an over hanging tree or high boulder is excellent for this; 2] you can float down stream in a boat while sitting or standing in the bow; 3] you can walk into the river like a salmon fisherman.
Compensating for the refraction of the water is the most hard ability to learn and that means knowing the water well as well.
Owen Jones, the author of this article writes on several topics, but is presently involved with archery recurve bows. If you want to know more or for special deals, please go to our website at Kids Archery Set.