Although bowfishing is not only for summertime, it is a popular time for seasoned regular hunters to take up the new sport. After all, when you're an avid hunter, it's hard to put the gun up and not hunt for anything. Luckily, bowfishing can help you scratch your hunting itch while teaching you something new.
How to Properly Aim
Unlike when you shoot a gun, you need to aim a little low. New bowfishers will often aim too high and completely miss the fish. This then frustrates them causing them to want to give up and not take up the sport. However, all you need to do is understand that you have to factor in refraction. The fish may look like it is in one particular spot, but it is actually a little lower than that because of the way the light reflects off of the water.
So, when you aim at a fish in the water, you need to look at the bottom of the fish and aim about six inches lower than that. As a general rule, you aim six inches lower than the fish for every foot deep the fish is in the water. So, if the fish is two feet deep in the water, you need to aim about a foot lower than where it looks like the fish is at. It will take some trial and error to get used to this new type of shooting, and that's okay. As with anything else, a little practice will make you better and a more successful shooter and bowfisher.
Get Yourself Some Polarized Sunglasses
This might sound silly, but you need a good pair of sunglasses that can keep the glare from the sun off of the water. This will help you see the fish more clearly and be able to aim better. This is particularly true if you are bowfishing at the bank because the glare is usually much worse here.
All in all, just remember to have fun when you first get started with bowfishing. Practice makes perfect. If you need help selecting the right equipment or you would like more tips, don't hesitate to get in touch with us!