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All too often bowfishermen start off by themselves. Trying to find out something about the sport, what equipment to get, where to go, how to do it and what to do with the rough fish that they take is a real problem. This is exactly why I wrote my book Practical Bowfishing – Wm Hovey Smith. I went through exactly the same process. Ultimately, I found others who were doing the sport and joined the ABA (American Bowfishing association).
Although I am not a tournament fisherman, I enjoyed visiting the events, taking a few fish and getting to know the principals of companies like Muzzy, Retriever Reels, Cajun Archery and Sulley’s Bowfishing Stuff.
The bowfishing that I most often do is “solo bowfishing” – just me, the boat, bow and the fish. This is an inexpensive way to enjoy the sport because it can be done close to home, when you have the time to do it, and can result in your gathering a good number of good-eating fish.
Muzzy has what is perhaps the best reel seat on the market and have just introduced a new bowfishing reel, that is similar to, but much stronger than, the once-standard Zebco 808. These components plus a spool of 200 lb. bowfishing line and some white fiberglass bowfishing arrows and that’s all you need to bank fish or go in the water after them in sneakers or waders.
The least expensive way to get the book is by going to my website www.hoveysmith.com and activating the PayPal button below the book description. The book may also be ordered by mail by sending a $20 check to Whitehall Press-Budget Publications, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082. Or, you may purchase from Amazon.com for about $55.00. The book is now out of print, and prices from various venders have ranged to over $100.