Bowfishing Equipment Bloomington IN

Local resource for bowfishing equipments in Bloomington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to bowfishing supplies, bowfishing bows, bowfishing arrows, and bowfishing reels, as well as advice and content on outdoor sports equipment.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(812) 335-1377
College Mall
Bloomington, IN
 
Indiana Soccer Camps For Girls
Bloomington, IN
 
J L Waters & Company Inc
(812) 334-1845
109 North College Avenue
Bloomington, IN
 
Best Bicycle Inc
(812) 336-2724
4012 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN
 
Bicycle Garage Inc
(812) 339-3457
507 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN
 
Indiana Soccer Camps For Boys
2500 E. Nottingham Ct
Bloomington, IN
 
Bikesmiths Bloomington Inc
(812) 339-9970
112 South College Avenue
Bloomington, IN
 
Ace Pawn Shop
(812) 339-2559
532 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN
 
Ace Pawn Shop
(812) 323-2274
1528 South Oakdale Drive
Bloomington, IN
 
Bent Arrow Archery Caving SUPP
(812) 825-2283
7888 West Eller Road
Bloomington, IN
 

Bowfishing 101

One of the fastest growing outdoor sports in the country right now is bowfishing. Bowfishing is a cross between fishing and bowhunting. Across the United States and the entire world, fish like the common carp, garpike, and Asian flying carp are taking over our rivers and streams. There are very few ways of controlling these invaders, but one way to get rid of a few and have fun at the same time is to shoot them with a bow.


Sticking carp with an arrow is fun and easy.

Although a regular hunting bow and sight can be used to bowfish, most diehard bowfishermen have tackle designed for bowfishing. If flinging arrows at garbage fish sounds like fun to you, the good news is it's inexpensive to get involved in the sport. Nobody knows that better than David White, President of Cajun Archery. Cajun Archery is a company that specializes in bowfishing equipment. "For less than thirty dollars, a person can purchase a bowfishing kit that gets them started in the sport. It contains a reel with line and a fiberglass arrow equipped with a fish point. All they need to bowfish in addition to the kit is a bow," White said. Once you get a kit, simply attach the reel to a bow and start shooting. Fish tips contain large barbs and a sharp tip. When the tip hits the fish, it usually punches all the way through the fish. Then you reel in the line, remove the arrow, and shoot again. It's that easy!


A simple bowfishing tip like this Cajun Piranha is
inexpensive and effective at killing garbage fish.

Although there are bows designed especially for bowfishing, most beginners start out with a bow purchased from a garage sale or eBay. "Almost any bow will do the trick when bowfishing. Most people start with an old recurve," White added. Almost any weight of bow will work. My dad and I used to use twenty to thirty pound bows and rarely had trouble killing fish. White prefers a bow in the fifty-pound range. "A fifty pound bow can kill almost any type of fish and critters as large as alligators. Some people choose not to use a compound bow because they have to come to full draw when using a compound and their arm gets tired drawing a high poundage bow a hundred times a day. Recurves are nice for bowfishing because you can shoot them at half draw or anywhere in the draw cycle. If the fish appears at the last second and you only have a brief moment to get a shot, you can quickly draw and let the arrow go. With a compound, that isn't possible," White explained

Most bowfishing is done from a boat, but the beauty of the sport is it can be done from the shoreline as well. Whether you bowfish from the shore or in a boat, hitting what you are aiming at can be difficult. "Most bowfishermen shoot instinctively without any type of sight on their bow because it allows them to shoot much quicker than if they had to aim a sight. The downside is that becoming an accurate, instinctive shooter can take time," White stated. When I was a kid, I remember bowfishing with my dad and taking d...

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