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A good day at the river.

Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:49 pm
by Poggins
I went to the river today and took my short bow with me . The day didn't look promising at first , the creek that was full of carp yesterday was empty and the water had cleared up. I went on down to the river where a pair of geese protested me before moving off.
There wasn't any fish moving close enough to even think about shooting so I went back to the pickup and put my bow away and got a sack out fore mushrooms and went looking. I managed to fill my sack up in about two hours , got around five pounds of fresh ones, I think this will be the week they come up strong then they will slow down for the year hope I'm wrong.
After getting back to the pickup I noticed the creek was backing up , the rain we got the other day was getting to my stretch of the river. I got my bow back out and went back down by the river to see if the carp was back. After standing on the bank for about ten minutes I could see four carp basking close ton the surface letting the current carry them back into the creek, my first shot was just in front of a big carp and they scattered . After about fifteen minutes they came back in , one of the big ones drifted close and I took my shot connecting high on it's back stunning it so there was no fight, the rest headed back to the river leaving the water muddy.
It took over thirty minutes for the next fish to return , this time a big grass carp. The grass carp stayed just out of range for a while, then it went to deep to see it any more . After a few minutes I noticed something moving close to me , the grass carp was feeding on some trash hung up on some weeds at my feet his head almost out of the water giving me an easy head shot. The arrow hit just where I was aiming but it did burry the barbs on the arrow, guess they are very hard headed. I tried to get him on the bank before the shock of the shot wore off but he came too and just about got me with the arrow. After getting free he went deep and I thought I lost him , after a couple of minutes he surfaced out a ways and I knew I could get him , I had to wait for him to drift close enough to get a shot and I retreaved my fish. I waited over an hour and no other fish came back so ending a good day.
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Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:50 am
by 4finger
Looks like it was a Great Time...Congrats...4finger

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:12 am
by eddie c
I've had trips where I would have been happy to see a fish. that looks like a good trip to me. :applaud:

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:10 am
by Full Quiver
Good hunting Billy!!! :applaud:

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:37 am
by Greywolf
Yep, sure looks like a great day at the river.

Congrats.

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:52 pm
by Okie
Yeah, looks like a great time. Lots better than my day at work! Wish I could have been with ya.

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:58 pm
by Poggins
Thanks every one, I'm looking forward to another day like that soon.
What made that day real special was it is the same land where the osage was harvested that the bow was made from, just wish they could have been deer or hog but I don't get to hunt this peace of land just fish pick mushrooms and harvest an osage tree from time to time. Some day I will cut a pecan or hackberry on my own land make it into a bow then take a deer on the same land.

I will post a picture of how I have my arrow set up later, an old man was bowfishing on Deepfork river back in the eighties and showed me how he was taught when he was young. Where I was using a fiberglass arrow he had a wooden one , his line was tied to the shaft about four inches from the tip and his point was a practice point with a small nail brazed on it for a barb. He did not use a real on his bow , he took a length of line about fifteen to twenty feet long and attach a small jug on the end or anchor it to the bank. He the took the line and pinch it between his little finger and ring finger he did the same twice more between his other fingers and ended up with two or three loops , the first would almost touch the ground the next loop was not as big and the last loop a little smaller , if you do the loops backwards small to big the back loops will twist around the others. The line is held just enough to keep it off the ground and is held in the bow hand. Caution should be used shooting this way , the loops pinched in the fingers are not under them just barely between them , if they get under the fingers your bow will go for a swim ( never seen the man loose his and haven't lost mine ether , I have forgotten to push the button on reels before and ether lost arrows or dodged them when they came back at me).
When he got a fish he simply untied the line from the jug or bank and pushed the arrow on through pulling the line with it .

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:31 pm
by FullDraw
You had a good day there, Billy.

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:22 am
by Winter Hawk
Poggins wrote: I will post a picture of how I have my arrow set up later,
I'd sure be interested in seeing that!

-Kees-

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:36 am
by KsBow
Just don't get much better Billy. A sack full or roons and a couple of nice fish taken with a bow you built for just that purpose. Yep, from your picture, I'd take it, sunny, warm, and out in the wild. Good Stuff. :applaud:

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:56 am
by Poggins
Thanks Ralph , Winter Hawk , I'll get the pictures when I get a chance, I'm running my mother around today ( we do whatever we can for her , if she wants to go somewhere or needs something done we are there for her) so it may be this evening .

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 5:50 pm
by campcook
I'd like to see that too Billy. You got a good recipe for carp. :rolf: Alex

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 6:32 am
by KsBow
Scale em. Stuff insides with a carrot, an onion, a couple of small potatos. Salt and pepper. Rub real butter over the outsides. Place on a hickory shingle. Cover with foil. Cook on gas grill or over charcoals till you have a nice glaze on the meat. Uncover, remove carrot, onion, and potatos. Throw away carp, eat the veggies. :rolf: :rolf: :rolf:

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:34 pm
by Poggins
Ok, I stopped long enough to try and take a couple pics of how I hold the bowfishing line ( kinda hard to hold the camera far enough away to show how I'm holding the bow and line without loosing the line or arrow ).

first photo is the line in my bow hand , the line is just in between my fingers.
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the second photo shows how it looks when my bow hand is closed.
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and the jug between my feet and the line hanging from my bow hand.
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I'll try and get more pictures when we go fishing again ( every one has been busy lately).

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:41 pm
by Poggins
Another carp recipe : go bow fishing , shoot some nice big carp , get a pig or if you already have a pig feed the carp to the pig , later eat the pig.
When we used to have pigs we fed all the carp we got to the pigs.
Or you can burry them in your garden and feed your vegies. :lol:

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 4:32 pm
by campcook
So you only use twenty feet of line Billy? Alex

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 5:39 pm
by Poggins
On this setup right now , you can use a longer line you just have to watch your loops or leave extra on the ground by the jug . The creek I was bowfishing in isn't that wide so I don't need a lot of line there , if I use the jug I have a rod with a treble hook on it to catch the line and jug with or have a boat , just on the bank I use a stik that I drop the loop in the end of the line over ( I have put it on my belt when I'm moving around a lot, just don't try any long shots ).
When me and my brothers and a friend of mine get together and go fishing I'll get some more pics.

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 9:12 pm
by campcook
I'm going to give it a try. Been looking at my self bow for a while trying to think of a way to attach something that wouldn't throw the bows balance off. Thanks Billy. Alex

Re: A good day at the river.

Posted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:22 pm
by Winter Hawk
Thanks for the photos, that makes sense now. I also don't want to be adding "stuff" to the bow, this looks like the cat's meow to get started bow fishing.

-Kees-