Bowfishing Equipment Chesapeake VA

Local resource for bowfishing equipments in Chesapeake. 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
(757) 493-6400
Town Center at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(757) 638-2001
Harbor View East
Suffolk, VA
 
Sandbridge Eco Sports
(757) 721-6210
577 Sandbridge Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Virginia Sea Kayak Center
(757) 439-3179
3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. #921
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(804) 360-8165
Short Pump Mall
Richmond, VA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(757) 463-4379
Lynnhaven Mall
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Sports Authority
(757) 466-8107
5900 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, #226
Norfolk, VA
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Wild River Outfitters Touring Company, LLC
(757) 431-8566
3636 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Sports Authority
(757) 498-3355
2720 N. Mall Drive, Unit 100
Virginia Beach, VA
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(804) 261-1853
Creeks at Virginia Center
Glen Allen, VA
 

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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