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I am getting ready to set up my flat boat for bowfishing and would like some input.I know lots of you already do this and I am just getting started.I am having a bow fishing platform built for the bow that will be removable and the lights will be between the boat and platform.Just wandering if one of those little Honda generators will work or will I need a big one?Will i need to invest in a fan or will a trolling motor work fine?I was also going to set up my old Darton bow for this,will that work or do I need to buy a bowfishing bow?Any help would be great,Thanks!
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deck
I had a bow fishing deck build for my boat and it worked great. Aluminum frame with expanded metal decking. I sold the boat but not the deck. I dont know if it will work on your boat but if your interested let me know and i'll send you a pic.
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BOW FISHING
Bird Dog, try goint to bowfishingcountry.com they have alot of good info. A small generator means less light, get the best you can afford and low pound bows are better unless you are shooting big gar.
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go with led lights they are bright and don't use pull hardly any amps, and PSE makes a bowfishing bow that is cheaper than buying a kit for another bow. you might want to check it out
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tips
Thanks guys for the info.I have a big generator already so I guess I will stick to that,just trying to keep some weight and noise out of the boat.
Mcben27 my boat is 1756,if it will work or can be modified to work I will gladly purchase it from you if you want to sell it.You can send some pics to bayoufiberglass79@yahoo.com.Thanks
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fan
Hey marshrider,I did see it in the classifieds but I dont think it will work on my boat.I have a 70hp with a Tiller arm.Thanks for the info.I have learned alot on bowfishingcountry.com.
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Bowfishing
Bird Dog, I shoot a lot of fish with a troll motor it may not be the best way but it works. Get the best gear you can afford, also check out quickdrawoutdoorgear.com great gear.
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Have you done it before?
Well you've been gettin some good advice and I might repeat some of it but how much have you bowfished before? If you're unsure if you like it then you might consider a less costly start up. 8dollar 500 watt halogens from walmart or lowes work great. Now on to the cadillac ways to do it. haha. If you can afford a fan, then get one. You can go in a lot less water with no problems bc you wont have the worry about breaking the shaft of your trolling motor etc. As for lights, try to avoid half@$$ rigging. DO it right and try to hide wires to avoid getting wet,stepped on, etc. This will prevent getting shorts and such with your lights. HPS (High Pressure Sodium I think) are great for this. You'll have to do slight electrical work but nothin severe. As far as a bow, pretty much any old bow will suffice but remember a few things. First you're going to hold it all night long, probably pull it back and shoot in excess of 100 shots. If little gar is your target then you wont need much draw weight but as soon as you decide to shoot carp, buffalo, reds, or gator gar you need to have a little stronger bow. Now granted draw length improves force but if the fish is under the surface a lil ways that water slows your arrow severely. It sucks to have an arrow bounce off of a big fish. Send me an email or something and maybe we can make us a trip. I'm in BR and my boat is rigged.
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Forgot generator
If you have a generator then its probably fine. Those Honda quiet series are light and quiet but you'd likely need 2 2000w or a 3000w to run all your stuff. Thats $$$$. But with a boat with a tiller motor, you should have plenty room for a regular 5500 or so generator. Turn exhaust in safe direction. Some people melt battery boxes and such (Slambin)
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bows
deadly with a bow,I have never been before but have always wanted to do it,theres just nobody around here thats into it.I already have a big generator and a big flat boat,I have my old bow(Darton Maverick)that I thought would work fine,so pretty much just need to rig the boat.I am not the kind to skimp on anything so I'm going all out.Thanks for your help and I would love to go make a trip.
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tips
yes make sure your exhaust on your generator is pointed in a safe direction and tied that way. Got in some pretty thick stuff in henderson the other night and generator turned and melted the battery box and battery top. im only an hour from Baton Rouge if you need some help with anything. I used to use a darton bow and the only problem i saw was having to draw all the way back. i switched to a recurve bow and couldnt be happier. I use a trolling motor for the deep water and use the gator tail for grassy flats and getting over mud flats.
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the bow
If i had to list the one thing that i though made the entire bow fishing experience allot easier, safer, and funnier, it would be the reel. I started out using a plastic cup and a wooden clothes line clip taped to my bow. It worked. than i went to the hand wrap spool. It also worked. next was the big saltwater zebco reel and mount that screwed into the front of the bow. Once again, it got the job done. But NOTHING compares to my retriever reel from AMS. It was well worth ever cent and has been the one thing that made the biggest difference in number of shots taken, fish killed, and fun on the water. Spend the extra money and get the retriever reel from AMS.
As far as bow go, i still use the same whitetail II compound bow i used when i was a teen. Only has a 45# draw but it has shoot it all, including my biggest fish to date, a 172 pound gator gar i shot on the sabine river over ten years ago. lol And the reel that held the line? Plastic cup and clothes pin.
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