Archery Fishing – Factors to Consider


Archery fishing is also known as Bow fishing. This is a sport wherein a fisherman uses archery equipment to fish. A regular hunting bow can be used for fishing by simply attaching a reel to the front of the bow grip.


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Considerations for Archery Fishing


Archery fishing is especially favored by regular hunters when regular game like deer are off season. This way they can continuously hone their skills for whatever season it may be.


Before engaging in archery fishing, one must first take into consideration the following:


1. A fisherman must be Duly Licensed


Some states require that an individual have a state license to fish.


2. Equipment


Most states have a predetermined set of approved equipment for archery fishing.


3. Archery Safety Course


Still, some states require that an individual go through an approved safety course for archery fishing to ensure that the individual is well versed with the proper safety precautions and information regarding applicable laws in fishing.


4. Seasons


Bow fishing in some states can only be done in certain seasons. This is to allow the fish to spawn.


5. Species of Fish


Some states have rules forbidding archery fishing for some species of fish.


Skills Needed


The following skills are necessary for an individual to obtain and practice:


Knot Tying


Though it may seem like a simple task, tying knots that will not slip (line for the arrow) are crucial in bow fishing.




Tuning is making sure that the bow is at its best working condition. To ensure this, one has to continuously adjust the rest and calibrate the nock.


For a faster tuning process, one may shoot a regular bow-fishing arrow (without the tip) onto a target made of cardboard.


Marksmanship or Targeting


Bow fishing and bow hunting, though similar on some aspects, really do differ on many things. Arrows for bow fishing are heavier, have larger arrow tips and, the most obvious one, has a string attached to the arrow.


And since fish are shot in the water, resistance differs as when compared to shooting in the air (for bow hunting of game)


Various Methods of Archery Fishing


There are various methods or ways of archery fishing. These include the following:


1. Still Hunting


A fisherman selects a place on a lake, river or stream in which they will wait for a passing fish to shoot their bow at.


2. Stalking


This can be done on foot or while on a boat. One is in constant motion in an attempt to locate fish.


3. Ambush


Fish that are best ambushed are the ones that are spawning since they tend to crowd thus increasing the chances of target acquisition.


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