Advice For Fishing With A Bow and Arrow
Archery fishing is also called bow fishing and it is as old as the bow and arrow themselves. We in the West tend to think that only poorer tribesmen in Third World countries go bow fishing, but that is not quite true.
These days the hunting of mammals is stringently controlled and so some people who like to hunt with a bow will switch to bow fishing if the animals that they like to pursue, say deer, are out of season. Some other people, who would not hunt a deer or bear are quite happy to kill fish in this fashion.
Bow fishing is a skilled sport, but the equipment need not necessarily be hi-tech. The fact is that you can utilize whatever bow you have or you can just manufacture one. It does not have to be powerful, because the quarry is seldom more than ten feet away. You definitely 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 been on 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 acquire some new skills like tying knots for example. You will have to be able to tie the line to the reel and the arrow and those knots will have to be able to put up with the incredible acceleration that an arrow leaving a bow goes through without failing.
The bow may not be different much from a normal bow, but the arrows certainly do. Arrows for bow fishing are normally a lot heavier that air-flight arrows. They also have barbed points to stop the fish escaping or just slipping off when you reel it in. The arrows do not have flights either because flights tend to deflect the true course of the arrow in water – the opposite of in the air.
There are three main techniques used in bow fishing: 1] you can put down ground bait and lie in wait. – an over hanging tree or high boulder is good 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 difficult ability to learn and that means knowing the water well too.
Owen Jones, the author of this article writes on several subjects, but is presently involved with archery recurve bows. If you would like to know more or for special offers, please go to our website at Kids Archery Set.
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