Not many people know about a sport called bowfishing. When people think of
bowfishing, they think that you must lose a lot of arrows because the archer has
no way of retrieving his or her arrow after launching it off its rest. This is a
very big misconception in a very misunderstood and mysterious sport. As most
people donít understand about bowfishing, then donít know that most
bowfisherman rely on the darkness of night to cover them as the approach their
prey. A specially rigged bowfishing boat with archer aboard the pvc platform, as
the floodlights gaze onto the waterís edge, the archer draws back his arrow
and settles its sights on the unsuspecting Asian carp, the archer releases the
arrow to hear a sound only too familiar as the arrow breaches the soft skin of
the spawning carp. After the adrenaline ceases, the archer reels in his prize
for the evening. Only a true bowfisherman can feel the power it has to know that
he controls the lives of the prey he takes. This feeling canít be described in
words, but can be felt with the utmost power and audacity of a life being saved
or taken. Bowfishing is a sport that requires both hunting and fishing skills as
well as knowledge of each sport. Bowfishing is similar to hunting because of
itís use of the archerís favorite weapon, the bow. The bow is considered to
be one of the most difficult weapons in any hunterís arsenal. Along with
itís light weight and easy maneuverability, it also boasts an extreme
challenge to whomever uses it to itís full potential. Whether you decide to
walk along the primal side and use a traditional bow or a recurve bow, you
achieve the most out of your sport without using sights, a rest or release. Or
if you choose a more modern and faster method of archery, you will achieve a
sense of accomplishment with either of these great weapons. A traditional bow is
mostly what the Indians used when they made their first movement to this great
land. It is a straight "stick" that is slightly bent back towards the
string. A recurve bow is a more modern version of the traditional bow. It is
massively bent at the end toward the riser or rest, and when at full draw, the
tips of this bow are in line with the string. Upon the other hand, you could
move up with technology and acknowledge the existence of a compound bow. The
compound bow in many peopleís minds have upgraded the sport of bowfishing to a
more technological standpoint. Although compound bows have been around for quite
a while, over the last three years, they have boosted themselves to an
unbelievable height. From back in 1975, the average speed of a bow was about 175
feet per second. About a year ago, I bought a magazine the showed the emphasis
and excitement of the "new bows" of which claimed a whooping 300 feet per
second. These days, in the recent magazines, have showed new and recent studies
on a 400 feet per second bow. These technologies can be measured in many ways to
their successes and failures. The positive side to a bow this fast is that your
arrow can get to your target quicker without spooking it. The negative side is
the infamous question: Why would anyone require that much speed? There is really
no other answer but the fact of "bragging rights" and that you donít spook
your target. In this sport of bowfishing, you use an average of 75 to about 150
feet per second, depending on where you are fishing. If you decide to let your
prey reside in a more of a pond setting or a small lake, then you need less
speed. If you require quick shooting in a big lake or the ocean, then you should
decide on more speed, because if you decide on slower arrow release then you
have a chance of missing your target. My current bowfishing bow is set at about

100 feet per second, because I maintain target by shooting at small rough fish
such as: carp, catfish, gar, and small turtles. Bowfishing is similar to fishing
in the respect of your target. Along with it being similar because of fish, it
also maintains a similarity to the reel that it uses. The tools of this trade
lie in the number of items you can fit on your bow. It also depends on which
type of bow you are using. If you shoot a