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Can you turn a regular bow into a bowfishing bow?

Can you turn a regular bow into a bowfishing bow?

Relatively any bow whether it is a compound or a recurve can be converted into a bowfishing bow simply by purchasing the correct accessories. First, assess the bow that you plan on using to bowfish. Many people use an old hunting bow, or an affordable bow they bought second hand.

Do you aim high or low when bowfishing?

In bowfishing, you want to hit the fish in its thickest part so the arrow securely anchors. But you can’t aim directly at the fish. Light refraction in the water distorts what you see, meaning the deeper the fish, the lower you must aim. A good rule is to aim 3 inches lower for every foot of depth.

How many pound draw should you use for bowfishing?

around 30-40 pounds
The ideal draw weight for bowfishing is generally around 30-40 pounds. However, if it’s a little more or even a little less you can still kill fish. Many youth bows can be converted to bowfishing bows for young shooters who wouldn’t be able to shoot a 40-pound draw weight.

How do you set up a bowfishing bow?

Place the bow in a bow vice and set it using a string level. Then, using a bowfishing arrow or bow square, find the nocking point. The arrow should create a 90-degree angle with the level string and run directly through the Berger buttonhole in the riser.

Can you bow fish without a reel?

No special reels or gear are required for bowfishing, but you must have the arrow shaft or the point, or both, attached by a line to the bow or to a fishing reel (includes crossbow) (California Code of Regulations, section 1.23).

How deep can you bowfish?

3 to 4 feet deep
You can bowfish in freshwater (lakes, rivers or ponds) and saltwater (bays, beaches or estuaries). But whatever body of water you choose, you’ll typically fish in clear, shallow areas 3 to 4 feet deep (0.9 to 1.2 meters) for a few reasons.

Will a whisker biscuit work for bowfishing?

I use the bowfishing whisker biscuit and it works really well. Only issue I’ve had with it is that I usually have to replace the disk every season as I’m pretty hard on it.

How strong is a bowfishing bow?

“As soon as they can draw a bow, they can be out there shooting at fish.” A bow in the 40-50-pound range offers all the performance an adult bowfisher needs without wearing out a shooter who can take 200 or more shots in a day on the water.

What line do you use for bowfishing?

The 808 is marketed for bowfishing and comes with 70-pound braided line. When the same reel is employed for fishing a 20-pound monofilament line is suggested.

Can you use any arrow for for bowfishing?

Bowfishing does require different arrows than archery or hunting. Typical archery arrows are made of lightweight fiberglass or wood, have fletching (feathers) to propel them through the air and end in points.