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bow fishing newbee

I have been a hunter/fisherman since I was 4. I have my ways of doing things whether it's right or wrong thats just how i do it. I have seen videos of people bow fishing but never thought id get to the point where I want to try it. A co-worker has invited me out on his boat to go bow fishing. He said hed teach me. Just wanted to get some opinions on the sport. Also looking for some good quality gear. All opinions would be greatly appreciated. 

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Bow fishing is a hoot.  I

Bow fishing is a hoot.  I started out with a 35lb recurved with a Mitchel 300 taped to the bow.  I shot cedar arrows with field tips on them.  I slewed a whole lot of carp along with suckers.  I was not in a location where you could go after game fish with a bow so I had to leave them alone. 

Now everything is fair game.  If you friend has done it for a while he should be able to take care of you.  Just listen when he tells you that you need to aim low when you are looking at a fish in the water. 

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Kind of like sticking your

Kind of like sticking your finger in the water and it looks bent? Just trying to add a little common sense. So is there a size limit that you can keep on certain fish while bow fishing? I mean after its been shot with a bow there is really no point in throwing it back, but can you get in trouble if it is outside the limits? Sorry for all the questions, I just want to enjoy this and not end up in trouble for some stupid reason. Again thanks for your reply!

 

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http://www.epichunters.com/am

http://www.epichunters.com/ams-bowfishing-610rx-ams-carp-right-hand-cros...

 

AMS good quality? I noticed while researching there are different reels for different things. They even have some for gators. Now that sounds fun. Just wouldnt really have anything to do with a gator after I get it to the boat. Maybe after my extravaganza with my buddy I could get set up with a guide to hunt some gators. 

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For just starting out I think

For just starting out I think that I would keep it simple.  Check some of the archery shops in your area and see if they would rent you a set up.  That way if you don't like it all you are out is a few bucks. 

As for limits you would have to check the local regulation for where you are located and where you are going to be bow fishing. 

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That's why I love forums! I

That's why I love forums! I had no clue that this was something you could rent. He said I could borrow one of his, but still without trying different ones how will I know what best suits me. Hopefully they have a variety To choose from. thanks man, I'll post that outcome! Hahaha I May blow a whole in the boat ya never know. 

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