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I have been thinking about getting a crossbow for hunting and was wondering about using it for bowfishing. I have never been bowfishing but plan on trying it soon. I would like to hear others opinions on bowfishing in general, any advice on getting started, and what you equipment you use. I have seen alot of stuff on the net for bowfishing, reels, special bows etc... what REALLY works? I am especially interested in any comments about crossbows being used for both hunting and fishing.

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So... nobody bowfishes... strange, very strange.
 

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Give it time, hopefully someone will answer you.

Bow fishing isn't done in the UK, I can't imagine many places in Europe where it's done either. It seems to me to be a North American pastime.

To successfully bowfish do you need a boat?

The popularity of specialist bowfishing gear is probably for a reason i.e it works better and is more effective.

Are you doing it for sport or for the pot? When you've answered that question and if you've decided it's for the pot then maybe think about using nets. A net has got to be more successful than a bow.

Finally, what species of fish are you going to bowfish? And are there any licenses that have to be bought?

Lots of questions from me and no answers, sorry.

Like I said, hopefully someone will be along to help you.

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About a decade ago I was out on one of Florida's rivers in a canoe with my main squeeze at the time. A floating platform came down stream with four punks on it with crossbows, bow fishing. They pointed them at us a couple of times then decided to run their platform into the canoe (my squeeze was attractive.) My cocked 9mm helped them change their mind. And that is the only time I've see anyone fishing with a crossbow.
 

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Well, it's a start! At least you have seen people using crossbows to fish. Glad you had your 9mm ready, I would hate to think what could have happend if you had not.
 

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I bowfish and would be glad to answer any of your questions. As far as the crossbow yeah it can be rigged up really nice but it is a little pricy. AMS make an adapter for their reel to fit on crossbows. i use their real on my compound and think the world of thier products
 

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For the most part fishing has become catch and release only in a lot of areas around the US. The only problem with bow fishing is if impale a fish with your arrow you have effectively killed the fish. With size and weight requirements on the fish you catch that could put you in a lot of hot water with the fish and wildlife park rangers. While It may be a good skill to have there are reasons that it is not a popular past time.
 

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Use to go every Spring with my brother. Here in Metro-west MA. we would get some big carp, great for ferterlizer.

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I know that in Washington a lot of guys use them for grass carp, but for just about everything else they are illegal. Plus I would have a hard time seeing someone trying to control a King Salmon with one, but I could be wrong.
 

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I know a few guys who do it with great success. Iv'e been an avid bowhunter most of my life and I've always wanted to try bowfishing. Ive hunted alligators here in Florida (legally) for a few years with a harpoon and bang stick. I'm thinking of seting up one of my bows for gators next year.
 

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I been bowfishing since i was a kid. Never shot a crossbow so i wouldnt know. I use a longbow with a "slotted retriever" reel. Its for big fish cause when they get to the end of the line, its attached to a rod or other float. I have used mine for cownose rays, shark, alligotors, alligator gar, and carp. You need a fiberglass arrow for the weight with a barbed tip. I mount broadheads on top of the bowfishing point for shooting sharks, gators, and big gar. As far as shooting around in fresh water, bout anything will work. AL law has a minimum break strength as well as length of shootin line so check laws. No game fish here either. Carp, drum, gar, suckers, goldfish, bowfin, and catfish in freshwater. I shot many a fish when i was younger with just string wrapped around a tin can for a reel so you should be able to rig up something. It can be simple or as technical as you wanna get with it, but its alot of fun.
 

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My advise would be to check some pawn shops or ebay for an older recurve bow and a cheap reel setup. Something around 40#'s is fine for most bow fishing.

My rig is simalr to 72shane's I added a laser sight to mine and it works great.
 
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