Several people have asked about the gear we use for bowfishing, so I want to share a little more about my basic setup for shooting carp and gar.
This year I’ve added the new Quick Draw arrow rest from Quick Draw Outdoor Gear. This rest is without a doubt the slickest and easiest bowfishing rest I’ve ever used. The design allows for fast arrow loading, and always keeps your arrow ready for the shot.
Check it out at http://quickdrawoutdoorgear.com
I’m still a big fan of the Muzzy Xtreme Duty reel, so I’m stickin’ with it on my bow again this year. This reel allows for the fastest arrow retrieval, so you can shoot more and deal with tangled line less. The Muzzy Xtreme Duty reel comes in a killer bowfishing kit that has everything you need to get the job done on big fish. It Contains the XD Reel, Fish Hook Rest, 100ft of 200lb line, Heavy Duty Reel Seat, & C Classic Arrow W/Carp Point. Check it out at http://muzzy.com
And this past weekend, I tried the products mentioned above on a Mathews Genesis bow. Yep, a kids bow. I was really curious how the smooth drawing Genesis bow would perform on carp. And I must say, I was pretty impressed. For fairly close shots on fish up to 10 pounds or so, the bow performed really well. However, I’d like a little more punch for the bigger fish that we encountered on our carp shoot. I’ll try the Mathews Ignition or Mission Craze on future hunts. Both offer a light and tight package with ample punch to get the job done on any fish. Check them out at http://mathewsinc.com and http://missionarchery.com