Bowfishing Equipment Columbus OH

Local resource for bowfishing equipments in Columbus. 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
(614) 414-0200
3700 Easton Market
Columbus, OH
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(614) 801-1033
1656 Stringtown Road
Grove City, OH
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(614) 798-1111
6111 Sawmill Road
Dublin, OH
 
Sabo''s Camping
(614) 421-7250
755 Chambers Rd
Columbus, OH
 
Sports Authority
(614) 860-1900
5819 Chantry Drive
Columbus, OH
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
(614) 777-1396
1825 Hilliard-Rome Road
Hilliard, OH
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(614) 985-4729
The Market at Polaris
Columbus, OH
 
Sports Authority
(614) 476-0500
3850 Morse Road
Columbus, OH
Services
Golf Hitting Cage, 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.

Outdoor Source
(614) 457-3620
3124 Kingsdale Center
Columbus, OH
 
Sports Authority
(614) 799-0100
6285 Sawmill Road
Dublin, OH
Services
Golf Hitting Cage, 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.

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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