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Bowfishing for Reds 4-19-2008

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Big thanks to Capt. Bennett Guidry and Cain Biessenberger for an outstanding bow fishing trip. We pulled an all-nighter out at Pointe Aux Chenes, and got 3 limits of nice sized Redfish and a few Sheepshead. Water was clear for the most part and all fish were shot in less than a foot of water. This was my first bow fishing trip but it definitely wont be my last, I am hooked!

-Jared
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   roadhead
man you lucky, cant wait till summerfor no school!!!!!!!!!!!
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nice effort beano! I thought I remember you having a bowfishing setup...

Stu
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Always wondered when bowfishing do you have to follow the 16in size limit, and if so how do you judge their size underwater?
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I know what you're saying... Don't shoot me up for my beliefs, but I personally don't like the idea of bowfishing for reds. And if you shoot one under the limit or anything illegal to keep, you just throw the bloody fish back in the water? I'd keep it to gar and carp in my book.
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   whunter29
Why is it illegal to shoot deer at night with a spotlight but legal to shoot reds at night using several spotlights? I think it is unethical and should be made against the law just like night hunting of deer.
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First, You can't really compare shooting deer at night to shooting reds at night. It's not that easy. You miss a lot more fish than you hit. Second, bowfishermen do have to follow the size limits for reds, and if you have any idea what you are doing, its very easy to judge the size of the fish, often within an inch or two. A few trips ago we made a shoot targeting good eating reds. We shot two limits, with all fish being 20-22 inches. TEN redfish shot, TEN redfish in the boat, with no worries of gut hooked fish, stressed fish or damage from handling.

Ethics do not have any say in this matter. Bowfisherman are taking their legal limit of fish, just by a different method. Sometimes we do have good trips and take plenty of fish (see my post above) but we put them to use just like any other good sportsman. How many bowfishermen are really out there? How many redfish do bowfisherman really kill? Compare that to the countless numbers of guides that catch limits of reds and brag on icechest packed with specks everyday.

To each their own, don't knock it if you haven't tried it. And if you haven't you're missing out. Anybody interested in giving it a try, shoot me an email.
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Good post whistlingwings. Another idea that never occured to me until now is that it's much easier to regulate the fish shot by bowfishermen, mainly because when you're done fishing you've got to go to a dock and game wardens can just sit there. Spotlighting deer is an entirely different matter because it can be done time after time and be easy to do (on totally fenced in/locked property, etc.) Finally, there are a lot less deer than there is redfish, so that isn't the greatest comparison. So I guess it's not as bad as I thought beforehand, thanks for your input.

One question, when you shoot them does it get blood all in the meat?
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   Charley
I would guess that it is legal to bowfish at night and not legal to shine deer is cause you have a ton more fish than deer and it is not hurting the population.
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The meat isn't really messed up, just a hole through the fish. It's not like the wound on a deer from a gunshot or arrow.
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   Charley
Anyone who has bowfished knows that it is VERY hard to hit a fish with a bow. I would say if I went with you and had a bocket full of live crabs or shrimp and you had your bow I would have a limit first!
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I wasn't being sarcastic, I just did not know the regulations on size limit for bowfishing. So basicly you just dont shoot unless you are pretty sure it is 16+ inches. Sounds like alot of fun. congrats on the good trip.
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Another thing I think people don't understand about the size of the fish is under 16in is a very small target. I think this is the reason most people that bowfish shoot fish in the 20's range its just plane alot easy to hit a bigger fish so thats what most people end up with. Ive only shot reds a few time's but I can't even remember a time when we had one under 20in, the odds of shooting a smaller fish is just less. And as far as the deer shining comment, There are alot of things people do with lights at night what ya gonna do outlaw flashlights!
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   online
Man, that picture makes me want to get out there tonight ;)
It has been a few months since I have been bowfishing.
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   NO_LIMIT
What size boat you working with there?
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   MCBen27
What size generator do you use to run those lights? I can't wait for the river to drop and clear up so i can start fling'n arrows at those asin carp! My biggest problem now is finding people in my area that want to come with me and split the cost of gas. I'm gona have to come down there and give them red's a spot. Nice shooten!
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