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Old 03-20-2017, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Bowfishing- Aim Low, what does it mean?

I've never been bow fishing, it I saw this sticker on a truck today @ lunch.

I presume that the arrow planes or even tails up a bit when the head hits the water, making your impact point subsurface different.

Is that correct, or is there a different meaning altogether?
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:10 PM   #2
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It means that water reflects the image of the fish further away than it really is. So the deeper the fish the lower you aim.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:10 PM   #3
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Believe the fish looks higher then it actually is in the water.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:11 PM   #4
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Youre spot on. Aim below their belly and you should hit them.

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Old 03-20-2017, 03:12 PM   #5
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Refraction. Stick a broom stick into a swimming pool at 45* and you'll see a perfect example.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:14 PM   #6
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No one can aim low enough. We tried shooting under the fish and most people still shot over.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:19 PM   #7
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Has nothing to do with the arrow planing... has everything to do with refraction of light at the water/air boundary. The fish looks higher in the water column than it actually is, due to light refraction. So you aim at it lower than the image would suggest.

Whether you "aim" low or just learn to hold low depends on how you shoot. I have been once and couldn't look below the fish. So I looked at the fish and just held the bow low. I shoot a barebow when I hunt anyways, so it just took a little bit of trial and error to get my brain to figure out what that sight picture looks like for fish under water. What throws you off is not knowing how big the fish really is. It might look big and you think it is close, but it turns out the be really big and deep.... or vice versa.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:23 PM   #8
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Refraction. and it's a B! When you think you're aiming low enough aim lower. Then go a little lower than that. And then you'll still probably shoot high
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:37 PM   #9
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Here is a pic I made to show people I take out and is a good example on refraction which is where aim low comes into play
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:41 PM   #10
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Here is a pic I made to show people I take out and is a good example on refraction which is where aim low comes into play
That is an excellent example
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:41 PM   #11
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Believe the fish looks higher then it actually is in the water.
This is correct
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:45 PM   #12
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Here is a pic I made to show people I take out and is a good example on refraction which is where aim low comes into play
why did you use a bent pole????
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:46 PM   #13
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Here is a pic I made to show people I take out and is a good example on refraction which is where aim low comes into play
Perfect example! (right click-save image as...)
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:46 PM   #14
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it means that water reflects the image of the fish further away than it really is. So the deeper the fish the lower you aim.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:49 PM   #15
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I have been bowfishing since I was a kid. I still have to go through a "lesson" everytime I go.lol
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:03 PM   #16
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to throw another wrench in the mix, if a fish is in front of the light source (ie, bank shooting) AIM HIGH.........now that one really messes you up almost as bad as swapping between gar on top of the water and buffs/carp sitting under the water

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Old 03-20-2017, 10:06 PM   #17
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Bow Fishing- I've never had so many misses in my life! Haha
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:09 PM   #18
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Sounds pretty tough, but I still want to do it!
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:20 PM   #19
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:50 PM   #20
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All light hits water and goes straight down which makes the image straight above where it actually is or straight below where it looks like it is.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:18 AM   #21
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Water bends the arrow, then the fresh air straightens it back out. If it is really cold out, it will actually bend the arrow the opposite direction. You will need an arrow straightener.

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Old 03-21-2017, 07:33 AM   #22
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Good info here

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Old 03-21-2017, 07:46 AM   #23
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Sticker makes 100% sense of you've ever gone. Most misses are because your aiming too high. Refracation and stubbornness of shooter. It takes a while to get used to it. Ive taken guys that are a way better shot with a bow than me bowfishing and they arent as good as the little kid who will listen when you tell him to aim lower.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:56 AM   #24
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It means,,,,,,





Aim low.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:01 AM   #25
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Refraction
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. Stick a broom stick into a swimming pool at 45* and you'll see a perfect example.
^^^^
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:04 AM   #26
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I do most of my bowfishing on foot instead of out of a boat. Since the water is shallower, and The fish is generally VERY close, it's not as drastic of an altered aim point. This thread sure is making me want to get into the back of a lake....


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Old 03-21-2017, 09:57 AM   #27
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Even the guys on Wicked Tuna miss every now and then.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #28
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Shootin' fish with a bow is indeed a very humbling experience! You can invent all manner of excuses as to why you can't hit 'em!

Dangdest thing I ever saw, I took old DrenalinJunkie (Forrest) bowfishing for his first time. Gave him a rigged out recurve and he took about 3 or 4 practice shots at stuff in the water before dark and hit pretty close to 'em... Sucker proceeded to go 6 for 6 before a miss! Never seen anyone do that before... Only trouble is, I created a monster! He was immediately hooked on bowfishing! Next thing I knew, he had bought a bow all rigged out and was bookin' trips, and goin' nuts shootin' fish!
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