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Old 05-03-2009, 02:07 AM   #11
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You can make about any bow work for you. When I first started I used my hunting rig, which was a PSE compound. I shot it fingers, with no sights, and I put on a roller rest and used a reel seat and Zebco reel. That was not the ideal set up by a long shot...way too many pounds for all night shooting and it drove the arrows deep in the bottom or logs or whatever. The only good thing about that set up was it really developed my shooting muscles.

I now shoot all traditional, and my bowfishing rig is a Quinn recurve. You can buy them brand new for 200 bucks.

Most serious bowfishermen are using the bottle retrievers, zero drag and no chance of "not getting the button pushed" like on a normal fishing reel. They cost about 80 bucks. The arrows are all fiber glass and will cost you 10 to 15 bucks apiece.

I just bought for bow for my daughter. She does not shoot traditional, so I got her a Fishhawk from AMS. It is a compound that has no let off, so you can snap shoot it or shoot it from half draw will good results (there are a couple like this on the market). I found it in a kit, with bottle retirever and all set up for $309 "free shipping".

The 30 dollar pawn shop bow is very cheap, and if it is in good working order and the right draw length for you.....you can definitely make it work, you will probably still have 150 invested by the time you are all set up. Of course, if it gives you trouble you may not have as much fun as if you would have ponied up the 300. I guess it is a judgement call on how tight your funds are.

Good luck, it is so fun it is addicting...if you go once with good conditions you will be hooked.
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:45 PM   #12
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No sights or aiming required, just shoot under the fish.
Like pointing your finger, forget everything you know about
bowhunting and aiming, just shoot.
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