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Old 02-25-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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I got an idea (dangerous i know). Lets keep this thread alive and on topic. I know there are other web sites already made for this but i am rather fond of TBH so we need our own version. If done right a world of info can be posted here. We can each post our trips, photos, new locations (excluding personal "honey holes"), tips and what ever else is bowfishing related. Lord willing i plan to travel this year and see some new water. Just imagine the possibilities if we got somewhat organized. We could learn of new places, and places NOT to go AND maybe even swap out fishing trips.

This thread may never make it, but i thought it was worth a try!

I will be making my first trip out tonight and will have a report posted tomorrow sometime.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:59 AM   #2
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I'm for it, so I'll be around. Tried to get some pics of bowfishing rigs started but they could be posted here if anybody has some.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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I'll be chimed in.
Looking to buy my first "bow fishing" rig this year and get started.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:40 PM   #4
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Me love fish sticking
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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Just about time!!!

Might put the deck on tomorrow
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:49 PM   #6
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Well guys I just bought a 17' aluminum sea ark from dustoffer on here(super great guy) and another buddy mentioned he had two 400w HPS lights he might give to me and I have three bows getting ready for bowfishing. I'll try and post some pics later.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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Can we also post local bow fishing tournaments?
We have one on the highland lakes next Saturday. e-mail me if interested.
chuckstt@gvtc.com

A couple of us went to Amistad Wed. night. Fishing was good but water is WAY down. Got 22 Big Tilapia (7# ave) and quite a few big carp with a sprinkling of gar. Fish are still pretty deep. Water temp in in the upper 50's.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:35 PM   #8
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me and a buddy recently shot new coleto creek records for buffalo carp and longnose gar but it seems like the park rangers never sent our information in. That was in december and still haven't heard anything back. The website isn't updated with our fish either.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
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since I got a new z7, I want to convert my old bow into a bowfishing rig. I keep hearing that a hunting compound bow is too powerful for bowfishing and that I need to get a recurve. Do I really have to? I was just thinking about getting the arrows, and the retriever and a whisker biscuit...
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since I got a new z7, I want to convert my old bow into a bowfishing rig. I keep hearing that a hunting compound bow is too powerful for bowfishing and that I need to get a recurve. Do I really have to? I was just thinking about getting the arrows, and the retriever and a whisker biscuit...
Anything over 40 pounds unless your shooting gator gar is to much IMO. I shoot 22-27 pounds on my Oneida's
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Here are a few pics to check out.
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since I got a new z7, I want to convert my old bow into a bowfishing rig. I keep hearing that a hunting compound bow is too powerful for bowfishing and that I need to get a recurve. Do I really have to? I was just thinking about getting the arrows, and the retriever and a whisker biscuit...
You can use most any bow for bow fishing. There are 2 main problems with shooting a heavy bow.
1. You will shoot through almost every fish and "stringing" fish creates problems getting them off. The scales will also cut your line often (especially gar).
2. You will shoot a lot wile bow fishing and a heavy bow will wear you out if you pull it very much.

We often shoot over 100 times a night, and twice that in the spring spawn!

I also shoot 30 pounds (AMS Discovery) and never have a problem sticking even big fish!
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:45 PM   #13
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Well, Biggs just dropped off two 400w HPS lights at my house! Too bad I'm at work! Can't hardly wait to get home in the moring and see them and start planning how I'm going to mount them to the boat! Let me see her I now have the boat, lights, and bows, now I need a genni, reels and a good night to go!
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #14
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I shoot a PSE Beast and im not sure what it is set on, maybe 50... Either way I love the poundage and i never lose a fish while my friends lose fish all the time when they shoot them in the head or it is a long shot
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #15
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Went Saturday to Fairfield and got 13 gar wading the flats. The spawn is about to bust open big time. Wading was tough with all the new growth from the lake being so low before it filled back up. All I use is a 30lb fiberglass bow with old aluminum arrows. No need for any reels. Most fish get pinned to the bottom or get dazed from the shot.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:15 PM   #16
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I'll be tuned in too... Will get the boat ready this week... Spawn should be pretty soon. I would love to see a bowfishing forum added similar to the Traditional forum, but for bowfishing... You all know when you start bowfishing, there is no off-season.

I'll add that shooting high poundage bows in the areas where I fish mostly the water clarity is not the greatest, and with a miss, you will spend a lot of time trying to dig arras out of old logs and just mud.

The use of fastflight string will eliminate the problem of string being cut by scales on pass thrus. That still doesn't solve the problem of getting the fish off the line if the arra passes all the way through. It's tough to get the string untangled and then get the arra back through the hole. You can tie the arra on the slide with a loop so it is easy to take off. That will help on pass thrus too because you can easily take the arra off without having to cut and re-tie.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:46 PM   #17
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Ill be your huckleberry. Heres last night on Inks. Bill from BowfishingAdventures.com will get you on fish. Hitting them is up to you. He is out of Bastrop.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:51 PM   #18
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That is cool I am for a bowfishing only forum. I am gettin my boat ready for some hardcore bowfishin, I plan on goin to some bowfishing tournaments this year so maybe we all can get together and go stick some fish.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:30 PM   #19
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well crud, i went to gibbons last night and it was COLD!! had a stiff wind blowing too. tryed out my new rig, its about half done but worked great. we saw 5 fish with 3 hours of trolling the shore line. shallow water is grown up from the water level being so low all summer. my buddy made a great shot on a wee gar and that was the only fish boated. when i got there i found out that the power plant is shut down for repairs and there was no hot water being dumped into the lake. i think that and a VERY cold night was the reason for the lack of fish. had a great time though.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:36 AM   #20
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Anyone fishing around Wise County?
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:40 AM   #21
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I hope to add some pics to this thread soon
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Anyone fishing around Wise County?
If ya got a boat, Go to Bridgeport
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:06 AM   #23
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I know that..... I wanted to know if anyone else was bowfishing
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:09 AM   #24
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Oh sorry just trying to help ya out
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Water is to muddy here right now. It shall be on soon though
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #26
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Water is to muddy here right now. It shall be on soon though
yes it is muddy.
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Ttt ?
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #28
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Any Waco reports?
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #29
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how about limestone or sommerville reports.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:37 PM   #30
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I think recurves work better for bowfishing because on the smaller fish, you can draw back only half-way or whatever you think you need to for the size of the fish. Like said above, it`s a pain to get the arrow out when you shoot all the way thru the fish.
I shoot a 50 lb. recurve but don`t draw all the way back on small fish.

I enjoyed bowfishing for several years but sold my boat 3-4 years ago, just got tired of it I guess.

Here`s a picture of one of my best gar from lake Amistad.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #31
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Nice gar!!

i have used longbow, recurves, and compounds. right now i have a onida. seems to be the best of both worlds.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:46 PM   #32
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Ive been wanting to check out sommerville to. Im interested to hear whats goin on. Havent made it to gibbons yet this year myself
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Me and a few friends are gunna be hitting up Amistad in a few weeks and lots of bowfishing will be done and I'm going to try out spear fishing if the carp are spawning
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Me and a few friends are gunna be hitting up Amistad in a few weeks and lots of bowfishing will be done and I'm going to try out spear fishing if the carp are spawning
ok, spear gun fishing or old school pointy stick fishing? i have an old spear gun that needs new bands on it. it would be cool to use.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #35
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cant wait to hit the lake for the first time this year.
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ok, spear gun fishing or old school pointy stick fishing? i have an old spear gun that needs new bands on it. it would be cool to use.
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Amistad is super low right now! Over 17 ft. down. I was there last week.
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Amistad is super low right now! Over 17 ft. down. I was there last week.
Thats what my dad told me, he was down there yesterday
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Man I am ready to get my boat all fixed up so I can start gettin ready for some tournaments. I am pumped up.
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What part of lake Amistad are yall getting into the tilapia? We can find the carp just can't seem to find the dang tilapia. Also have any of you guys tried hunting Highbridge on the Pecos River? If so how did yall do and would you suggest it?
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:17 PM   #42
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Has anyone ever bowfished pat mayse lake in north east Texas
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At what water temp do gar start to spawn anyone know?
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Has anyone ever bowfished pat mayse lake in north east Texas
Yea lots of times, its a pretty slow lake due to it getting hammered. If you shoot 30-40 a night you have done something!!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:22 PM   #45
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That cool I didn't know if any one ever bowfished it or not my boat will be complete this weekend and me and a friend are goin to try out the red river, we might have to try out pat mayse if we can find the fish.
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gibbons bound saturday night. any one else headed out?
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I'm gonna try to shoot a pig on Saturday, then get the boat and check it out on Sunday afternoon after church... Might give it a whirl one day next week... we'll see.
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Low Fence, have you been yet? Went to Lake Quitman Saturday after getting a good report Friday. It turned cold and I guess they went back deep. Saw very few fish.
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Does any one have any new pics or updates of the this weekends fishing trips.
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Ditto for me. I've always wanted to try it.

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