Bowfishing is a method of fishing that uses specialized archery equipment to shoot and retrieve fish. Fish are shot with a barbed arrow that is attached with special line to a reel mounted on the bow. Some freshwater species commonly hunted include common carp, grass carp, bighead carp, alligator gar, and paddlefish.
Legal Oregon fish are Carp and Suckers ONLY!!!!!!!
This is a matter of personal preference. The retriever reel is probably the most popular reel. It has no drag, no button to push, and rarely tears up. The disadvantage to is that it's slower to get fish in and many times the line falls out and gets tangled in things. These reels use the Muzzy extreme type line or Brownell 400# Fast Flight works extremely well too. Some prefer the push button spincast type reel. It uses the fast flight 200# line on a reel seat. It offers quick retrieves, an adjustable drag for fighting fish, and you don't have to worry about your line going everywhere. These reels use the 200# fast flight or 150# tournament smaller diameter line. This is preferred reel of most tournament shooters. A hand wrap reel is for the beginning bowfisherman on budget, but you will probably quickly outgrow it. Most any bowfishing rest will work, the AMS Wave Rest and Muzzy Fish Hook are two of the most popular. Avoid using regular deer hunting rests, this can be dangerous and they are not designed for that. For bows, most any compound or traditional bow will work. I've seen people shoot as low as 27 lbs on most anything up to 60 lbs. 35-55 lbs is probably the most common weight and effective on most anything.
An ecosystem is made up of all living organisms interacting together in their environment. When the environment is changed, the ecosystem changes and can be destroyed along with the animals living in it. In the U.S., carp (the most common bowfishing species) is considered a “rough fish” and is destructive to native species. It is listed as one of the world’s “100 Worst Invasive Species,” and can repopulate at an alarming rate. A single carp can lay over one million eggs in a single year.
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