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Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:57 am

Not sure how many people on here bowfish. But for those that do, what do you do with your fish? I've been doing it for about 3 years now and usually kill about 30 on a good night. But I have no idea what to do with these things. Usually just go dump em somewhere, but there's probably a better solution than that.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby HOPIN4ABOAT » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:11 am

bury them somewhere on your property 2 years later till it up and plant the biggest best garden you've ever seen. Or give the to a animal rescue if theres one close
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby Easttx » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:13 am

I plow them in where I plant my garden. They make great fertilizer. I keep some of the Buffalo and use for cut bait on trot lines.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:00 pm

Yeah I'd heard about using them as fertilizer. I'm not a farmer and don't ever even grow a garden. I'm sure I could probably find someone that would take em.
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What do they do with them? There's one right across the street.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby HOPIN4ABOAT » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:10 pm

Our local rescue uses them for food for the animals that have a hankerin for fresh fish
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:42 pm

I'll have to look into that. Thank you. :beer:
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Silicon Spray

Postby FullandFuller » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:40 am

Carp makes good snapper turtle bait when that season is open. Unfortunately, before July 1, all I use them for is fertilizer or catfish cut bait.

I have often wondered whether shady chinese restaurants would buy them. :eek:


Since this is the only active bowfishing thread here, does anyone have an opinion on good Silicon Sprays for spincast reels? I've read that some of the silicons have a transport base that is corrosive or eats plastic, and some are basically more safe for the equipment. Any body know which version of liquid wrench is the safest to use? I shoot a glass bow, 808, and 200 FF and don't want to worry about overspray.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby UpSouth811 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:29 am

i have not had an issue with the spray...works good but never used an 808 either....i just use reel magic most of the time

back on topic i actually got some ppl that eat the carp gar and suckers that i bring them...the rest go in the ladies garden down there street
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Bowfishing

Postby troutman561 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:46 am

FullandFuller wrote:Carp makes good snapper turtle bait when that season is open. Unfortunately, before July 1, all I use them for is fertilizer or catfish cut bait.

I have often wondered whether shady chinese restaurants would buy them. :eek:


Since this is the only active bowfishing thread here, does anyone have an opinion on good Silicon Sprays for spincast reels? I've read that some of the silicons have a transport base that is corrosive or eats plastic, and some are basically more safe for the equipment. Any body know which version of liquid wrench is the safest to use? I shoot a glass bow, 808, and 200 FF and don't want to worry about overspray.


I use CRC 686 on my salt water reels (and my outboard) right now but typically I use reel magic. I have never had an issue and my reels look great.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby foldinducks » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:17 pm

we used to take ours to the zoo, and they would take a few .i dont think they would take 30.the local immigrants ask for them when when we catch em on the piers.maybe some local amish would be interested?
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby NuffDaddy » Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:26 pm

ask some of the local farmers. they usually have natural fertilizer piles that they would be more that happy to have you add too.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby NuffDaddy » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:27 pm

what kind of sunglasses do you guys wear. iv been using cheap ones that are supposed to be polarized but dont help at all.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:10 am

NuffDaddy wrote:what kind of sunglasses do you guys wear. iv been using cheap ones that are supposed to be polarized but dont help at all.


Maybe a little late. But I use cheap wal art glasses. They actually work pretty good, compared to just the naked eye that is.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:15 pm

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NuffDaddy wrote:what kind of sunglasses do you guys wear. iv been using cheap ones that are supposed to be polarized but dont help at all.


Maybe a little late. But I use cheap wal art glasses. They actually work pretty good, compared to just the naked eye that is.

That's what I've been using and they work alright but for $20 I can't complain.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:01 pm

Yeah same here. It's not a HUGE difference by any means, but they do help. I very rarely go during the day anymore, except when the buffalo are spawning. But I always have my bow and glasses when bass fishing.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby adrenilinejunky » Sat May 12, 2012 9:56 am

Im probably going to sound dumb but Im from washington and up here we are only allowed to shoot carp. what is a buffalo? I read the name a couple times in the thread and was wondering what it is. I got my girlfriend a bow for christmas and took here out bow fishing shortly after and she is hooked! Its gonna be a great summer I think.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Sun May 13, 2012 11:12 am

adrenilinejunky wrote:Im probably going to sound dumb but Im from washington and up here we are only allowed to shoot carp. what is a buffalo? I read the name a couple times in the thread and was wondering what it is. I got my girlfriend a bow for christmas and took here out bow fishing shortly after and she is hooked! Its gonna be a great summer I think.


They're like carp. It's almost all I shoot down here, with a few gar and drum. We shot 20 fish last night and every single one was buffalo.

This is the best picture I have on this computer. They get wayyy bigger than this but this about the average size that we shoot.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon May 14, 2012 7:00 pm

i live in michigan and never knew what a buffalo was untill this year. I guss there are 2 subspecies of them. a bigmouth and a smallmouth. I shot one last year thinking it was a carp but when i got it in i didnt know what it was. here is a picture of it. i was told it was the bigmouth species.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Mon May 14, 2012 8:47 pm

I've seen a a lot of the bigmouths in videos and stuff, but never shot one. I figured they must be different subspecies since they look so different. Nice fish too :thumbsup:
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby NuffDaddy » Wed May 16, 2012 9:28 pm

River Ramblin' Man wrote:I've seen a a lot of the bigmouths in videos and stuff, but never shot one. I figured they must be different subspecies since they look so different. Nice fish too :thumbsup:

Thanks that's the only buffalo I've ever shot or seen where I shoot. Tipped the scales at just over 20 pounds.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby adrenilinejunky » Thu May 17, 2012 8:20 am

Hey thanks guys. Im starting to think washington sucks. lol they only allow us to legaly shoot carp up here.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby NuffDaddy » Thu May 17, 2012 9:11 pm

adrenilinejunky wrote:Hey thanks guys. Im starting to think washington sucks. lol they only allow us to legaly shoot carp up here.

Here in Michigan at least, buffalo are categorized as a species of sucker. So if suckers are legal to shoot then buffalo probably are too. Just something to look into.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Thu May 17, 2012 10:52 pm

Here we can shoot anything that's not a game fish. Carp, gar, buffalo, drum, and catfish. I think we can only shoot flathead catfish, but I'm not sure. I've never even seen on to shoot anyway.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:54 pm

Do any of you guys use a battery system for you lights? My generator is on its last leg and was thinking about going with battery's instead. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Bowfishing

Postby kyoutdooraddict » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:54 pm

Been on DHC for about a year now and just came across this thread today. Been bowfishing for about 3 years now and thought I'd share some pics of some fish we have got into down here in Kentucky this summer.

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