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Almost bowfishing time!
« on: May 03, 2012, 06:11:08 PM »

The cottonwood trees are starting to drop some cotton. And around here, that means the carp are about ready to spawn. It's really early compared to last year, but that is the theme for this spring. Everything is early.   And I am ready! :gunsmilie:

Who else out the does a little bowfishing. There are a few I know of.

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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 06:17:09 PM »
Bowfishing is something I have always wanted to do. I love to shoot archery. In fact I would rather go to the archery range than the rifle range. I have an older Carbon Extreme bow laying on the shelf that I have been toying with the idea of setting up for bowfishing. This just might be the year. We have a lake about 20 miles from me that is just loaded with carp. I would just need to find someone with a boat.
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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 08:45:32 PM »

You don't need a boat when they are spawning.  When they are spawning, they are up in the shallows splashing around.  At times, half their body is out of the water because the water is that shallow.  I just find some nice flats with some shallow water, and wade out after them.  If you get a lot of rain, and the creeks are out of their banks, that is a perfect time as well, because the fish will be up in the shallows and grassy areas, splashing around.  I've shot more fish in my waders than I have in a boat.  Starting around June thru the rest of the summer is when boat settups are handy.  I'm not into it as much as those folks who have a generator and flood lights on their boat to fish at night.  But I do take advantage of the spring spawn to have a little fun throwing arrows at em.  Just find some shallows where there are fish splashing around and get after them.  Gar also spawn about the same time, so there are usually multiple species to chase.

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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 09:34:43 PM »
We have already shot at least 500 fish this year. Carp gar and buffs

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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 10:35:31 AM »

Got any pics John?

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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 07:37:21 PM »


I got a chance to go out for a while yesterday evening after work, and this afternoon. We've had about 2" of rain the past few days. The local lake is still at winter pool levels, and there is a lot of smartweed on the flats and islands. The rain has raised the lake level a lot, and large areas of the smartweed are in 6-20" of water. And that is where the carp and gar are at right now spawning. Here are some that I got pics of today:









I am going after them again tomorrow.

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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2012, 07:42:12 PM »
Very nice Brian, and looks like fun too. An you eat them? Sure nice size to them.
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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 08:04:25 PM »
Ya know :huh:  have a MoMarsh sitting here and I've never thought of using it for bow fishing! 
That's a nice size buff!  I bet they pull you around white a bit in it.
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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 09:57:27 PM »


Braz, they aren't much for eating for my liking.  Some folks like gar, and I've had it before, but it is a ton of work to clean em.

Jon, that MoMarsh works great for bowfishing.  It gets back into that skinny water really well where the fish are at right now.  I could have walked around in the water with my hip boots since the water was really shallow, but that boat helps slip into places quieter than walking through the water.  Another plus for the MoMarsh is that you have a better vantage point shooting down at the fish, as opposed to standing in knee deep water shooting at them.  I need to get me a push pole for it, to maneuver around a little easier.  My paddle is doing just fine now, but I think a pole would be easier. 

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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 12:13:38 AM »
I had a blast tonight, when the river rises or falls, there is a spillway that flows, and there are always fish getting in or out. I remember when i was a kid, it was buffalo, now its just asian carp.
 
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this is the biggest one iv caught





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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2012, 09:22:58 PM »

That big one in the last pic sure is a hog!  I bet it was fun pulling him in. I hope to shoot one that large some day.


Here are a couple more from today:






It was a good day today. I shot quite a few fish, and had more hits than misses. I saw a giant gar for this area, but only saw him for a split second before it disappeared. It was about as big around as softball. I hate gar. The little ones arent easy to hit with an arrow. Quite a few of the smaller gar were chasing shad today, and you could see them swimming around with the shad in their mouth. The shad were too big for them to swallow, but they would just swim around like that.

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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2012, 04:00:48 PM »
My friends are planning our 2nd trip to the Illinois river to shoot silvers the same weekend I'm gonna be in Wichita with the wife for a concert.   :censored: :censored: :censored: :censored:
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Re: Almost bowfishing time!
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2012, 05:05:55 PM »
How bad do you want to go bow fishing?  Bad enough to bring your bow and buy a Kansas permit?
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I've got two momarsh boats sitting out back....see how well BigB is doing from one?  Go ahead and put your bow in the trunk when you come down, I'm sure she will understand! :devil2:
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