7 Important Tips to Improve Your Bowfishing Skills

Bowfishing is not only a great sport it provides the whole family with outdoor fun.

When last have you went fishing with a bow or perhaps it is your first time? We know how frustrating it is to get to the water and you miss every shot made. As with any sports, it takes practice.

While there is no “off-season” for hunting fish, it is helpful to practice when you are not at the lake. There are many ways to improve your bowfishing skills to aim at your speedy target.

Further, if you are new to the bowfishing setup practice makes it better to familiarize yourself with the necessary adjustments and setup. Doing this prevents you from wasting your time when you get out hunting real fish, and you do not end up troubleshooting gear!

To help improve your compound bowfishing expertise, read some of the tips that follow here to keep your skills sharp, no matter how often you get out on the water.

  1. Shoot from Different Angles

Do you own a boat or have access to one? Use it docked in the yard, stand on it with your compound bow and practice shooting from it. Alternatively, you can use another platform placed a few feet off the ground.

However, do keep in mind the bowfishing target is usually about 15-feet away. You may even find your prize catch farther away or right under your nose.

Put into practice different shooting techniques from a variety of angles to ensure you’re ready for most challenges on the water. On the other hand, you can use a 3D practice target to hone your skills as well. Make use of cardboard paper towel rolls cut into rings or place plastic bottles to shoot at.

Do this by standing on the boat or elevated platform and toss the rings randomly throughout your backyard. By doing this, you get the same scenario to shoot at as if you are on the lake.

  1. Learn to Fine-Tune Your Bow

Whether you are a newbie at fishing with a bow or have not done bowhunting for a while, there is nothing more annoying than an arrow that does not fly straight.

Sometimes the arrow causes a large splash once it enters the water. To solve the problem, you might need to alter the position of the rest, nock point, regulate the draw weight, or change the arrow length.

Experiment with the available options to learn how it influences the flight of the arrow. Fine-tuning your bow helps you to make solid shots.

  1. Shoot a Ball in Motion

There is no better way to practice than shooting a moving target. Get any ball and shoot at it while it is moving. Here your partner or kid can help to throw the ball, or you can roll it down a slide. Alternatively, you can kick it yourself and shoot at it.

  1. Get Yourself a Bowfishing Target

You can take the alternative route to make a homemade target mentioned previously, but utilizing the real thing is better. With a real bowfishing target, you can hone your skills continually, and it helps to analyze your shots. This is where aiming for something that looks like a real fish is a big help.

You can consider purchasing a target made for bowfishing. These objects are new and make them valuable compared to your dry target as you can practice with the light/water refraction. You can find a diverse range of brands to choose and each one mimics different fish from carp to suckers.

Many of them you can submerge and has a durable self-healing foam design.

  1. Leave the Barbs When Shooting

When bowhunting you get barbs on the arrows helping to keep the fish on the shaft when you reel it in. However, when practicing, there is no need of using the barb. You do not want the bowfishing arrow too damage the target.

Further, you want to save time when removing arrows from whatever you are shooting at. There is a way to mitigate the issue, and that is to remove the barbs to reuse the target repeatedly.

An alternative is to use your practice points instead. You can easily glue it on to a bare arrow shaft made for target practice.

  1. Practice Refraction While Aiming

The biggest challenge you face with archery hunting in water is taking the refraction while aiming into consideration. Here the important thing is to aim low.

Yes, we know easier said than done, and the best way to achieve this is by doing it. You can do this by using a simulated underwater target to aim at before shooting a live fish.

You can make use of soft pool toys, plastic jugs, and bottles anchored underneath the water and make for excellent target shooting.

  1. Get On the Water

Now that you have taken the steps and improved your bowfishing skills the best way to get better at it is to get out on the water. Get in your boat and aim the real thing! Never be afraid of making mistakes, as it is an essential part of learning new skills. Enjoy the outdoors with the family and have fun!

Happy Bowfishing

We hope that the fishing tips help you to improve on your bowfishing skills. No matter if, you are a pro or new at bowhunting, we are sure you will find a technique that works best for you.

Therefore, before you pack your bowhunting gear and head out to the water try them all! The only way to discover what works for you is trial and error, adjusting your techniques and finds the right one for your carp fishing needs.  

Ted Thomas

Hi there, I'm Ted Thomas, an ardent adventure writer. I write for readers with a genuine interest in enjoying the great outdoors. By sharing my experiences camping, hunting and fishing, I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.

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