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!
Bowfishing is a great way to spend quality time with your bow each summer. It’s also a good workout and fun way to spend time with your friends. Before heading to the lake or river with hopes of filling your boat with carp, ask yourself: Just what will you do with all those dead fish? Craft a plan to use the fish you shoot productively.
Legal fish species vary depending on where you are in the country. Some of the most common freshwater fish shot are bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, catfish, buffalo and several varieties of gar, including the massive alligator gar. Many of these fall under the category of rough (or trash) fish. Rough fish are those fish which fall outside of the category of sport fish. They are species not commonly eaten and are often invasive species. Because they are not typically targeted by fishermen, bowfishing is a very good means of population control and removal of these often undesirable fish.
To help you get started, we have compiled a quick list of every US state and whether or not bowfishing is legal, some of the rules, and what you should be aware of. We've also included links to each state's fish and game or department of natural resources website for more information. So let’s get started!
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