Fishing in a new area can be an extremely exciting venture, from spending time on the water to learning about where to fish and what to use to catch them. This experience can be even better when you're bowfishing. But what if you are completely new to the area and just don’t have time to figure it out where the fish are found? If you only have a day or two to go bowfishing, there is a very good chance that you could go home emptyhanded.
This is where a knowledgeable guide can give you an advantage. If you simply do not have the time to become acquainted with an area, a bowfishing guide is easily the best way to ensure that you have a great experience and are in the best possible area to shoot some fish!
Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons why you should consider getting a great bowfishing guide for your next trip.
Like we mentioned, finding where the fish are hiding can take some time. A seasoned guide has already spent this time figuring out the fish habits, where they are hiding, and the best way to get them. Most of the time, they are local to the area and have spent years learning about the local fish populations and how they react to different weather conditions. While it is possible that you might get lucky and find a great bowfishing spot without a guide in a new area, the odds are not in your favor. Rather than go at it alone, book a charter. You will have even more fun when you aren’t frustrated about not spotting anything or wondering where you should try go try next. Bowfishing with a guide will make your next trip a lot more fun as you will not be wasting any of your valuable time looking for fish, and you can instead spend most of your time shooting!
Having the proper gear is very important for any outdoor pursuit and bowfishing is no exception. If you're new to bowfishing, you may not have any equipment or you might not know what to buy. Luckily, most guides can help you out by either ensuring that you have the proper gear or lending you some of their own. This is just one more thing that you can take off your plate and not worry about when it comes to planning a great bowfishing trip. Additionally, guides often have multiple sets of gear so you can invite your friends along for the adventure!
Bowfishing guides rely on their knowledge of the sport to earn their living, and they want the guests that they host to have the best possible experience while bowfishing, as many rely on on tips from happy customers. For these reasons, a good guide will be able to help you by sharing their own experience, expertise, and advice. Whether it is shooting form or technique, where to aim, or anything else, an experienced guide can make an otherwise uneventful bowfishing trip into an extremely successful one thanks to their knowledge.
Even if you are an experienced archer-angler yourself, you might be surprised how much you can learn from others. We are all continually learning, and you never know when one little tip or trick that you didn’t know before could come in handy!
In addition to their knowledge of the fish that you are pursuing, expert guides will have all of the local fishing regulations, laws, and waterway rules memorized. Again, having the best possible bowfishing experience all comes down to focusing on shooting fish and having a great time, and every little small detail that you need to learn and remember can affect this. Consulting your bowfishing guide on local laws and regulations will be one less thing that you have to worry about, and will ensure that you do not accidentally overlook something important which can be quite easy to do for anglers that are new to a state or waterway.
Besides having access to a guide’s knowledge, experience, and equipment, bowfishing with them can simply be a lot more fun than going at it alone. While there are many guys who prefer to do something by themselves and find pride in that, there are plenty of us who just like to have fun and not waste our valuable vacation time. If you can not only bowfish with somebody who knows exactly where to go and how to find success but have fun during the entire process, why wouldn’t you?
As you can see, there are many different reasons why hiring a seasoned guide would be the smart thing to do for your next trip. Not only will it get you into better areas and more success, but you will most likely have even more fun than you have ever had on a bow fishing trip than ever before!
Well, January has finally arrived. For those of us here in the north, that means deer season is over and hard water (that's ice for our southern friends) is upon us. Although we still have ice fishing and small game hunting, I use this time to do inventory of my bowfishing gear and determine what upgrades I want so I’m ready by ice off.
Ice off is hands down some of the best shooting you will have all year. Fish are still schooled up and coming in to feed in warmer, shallower waters. That means it’s one of the best times to get on some of the biggest fish you will shoot in one location. As an added bonus, the water is so cold the fishes' metabolism is slowed down enough to make them sluggish. Often times, you can get multiple shots at the same fish without moving the boat.
Anyone who uses a foot controlled trolling motor knows that the Captain Morgan stance isn't comfortable. Steering with one foot and standing on the other goes out of favor within an hour or two. This is where the sexy stick comes in to help. The sexy stick (also referred to as a steer stick) attaches via a plate to the foot pedal. The plate has a welded stick that protrudes up in order to let the operator steer the boat comfortably while standing.
If you have any friends who go bowfishing, you probably know it's a fun, fast-paced sport. But did you know that bowfishing is also good for the environment? It might seem counterproductive to think about killing fish in order to help the environment, but bow fishermen actually play an important role in preserving natural fisheries. Keep reading to learn how bowfishing helps the environment.
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