January 14, 2022
For the hearty souls out looking to impale scales in spring and summer, it’s always fun to hear about the best bowfishing gear. The sport isn’t for the faint of heart, to be honest.
Shot angles are challenging, bows and gear take a beating and even the heartiest bowhunter can get whipped after a night of chasing carp, buffalo, gar and other species.
That’s why having the best bowfishing gear is important. Everything needs to be in sync, from barbed points to bow strings.
Just like in the deer stand, you want all your components on point, the gas tank filled, lights working brightly and calm waters so you can find and make good shots.
The annual Archery Trade Association show in January is when new and upgraded products in the archery industry grab the spotlight. Here are some of the best bowfishing bows and gear to take on the water this year.
AMS Hooligan V2
AMS is devoted 100 percent to bowfishing, from components to bows that have proven themselves time and again on the water. The Hooligan V2 is two bows in one, with the RAP Cam allowing you to switch from one draw weight to another with the 40- and 50-pound posts. Use the 40-pound post for draw weights between 32-40 pounds, and the 50-pound post for draw weights of more than 40 pounds. The bow has no let-off, so snap shots are easier, and a cable slide stop prevents overdrawing. The Hooligan V2 can be adjusted easily for draw weights of 24-50 pounds and lengths of 22-32 inches without a press.
$449.99 | amsbowfishing.com
Cajun Archery Sucker Punch Jr.
The Sucker Punch Jr. from Cajun Archery is a compact, lightweight bow that should be great for youngsters or bowfishermen who want a compact bow for easier maneuverability. It has a 6-inch brace height on a 27-inch total frame, with 60-percent let-off. Draw lengths range from 12-27 inches. The split-limb design comes in Shadow (black) or Patriot (U.S. flag).
$379.99 | beararchery.com
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Darton Archery Splash
Darton Archery’s bowfishing Splash compound is designed to take whatever rigors someone may throw at it in the boat. The Splash is designed with machined and anodized cams, stainless steel cam bearings and axles, and all stainless-steel fasteners. It has a 28.5-inch length, 7-inch brace height, weighs 3.4 pounds and has 50-percent let-off. Draw lengths are 23-29.5 inches and weights range from 35-50 pounds. Standard mounting holes allow for mounting different accessories with ease.
$509.99 | dartonarchery.com
The Fin-Finder F-31 is designed for anyone, with draw length to 31 inches and zero let-off cams. It has an 8-inch brace height and Gordon Glass limbs adjustable from 25-40 pounds. The bow is outfitted with anti-slip grip for wet or slimy conditions and stainless-steel components that resist corrosion. Team the F-31 with Fin-Finder’s Kraken 3-barb mechanical 3.75-inch barbs that minimize drag. Blue O-rings also eliminate tip/point loosening.
$267.99 | fin-finder.com
TruGlo EZ Rest
Having an arrow on a rest ready to fire is one of the key aspects of bowfishing. Shoot and hit or miss, and it’s time to get ready to fire again. TruGlo’s EZ Rest is a full-containment rest designed to hold an arrow at any angle. Whether you have good form and a smooth draw or make a quick, snap shot off to the side or back, having the arrow on the rest is critical. The EZ Rest has tough, durable single-density bristles and is easy to install and tune on any bow. The .350-inch hole fits allow bowfishing arrows and slide systems.
$55-$65 | truglo.com
MegaMouth 2.0 Reel
MegaMouth’s 2.0 bowfishing reel is a buttonless, freespool design with an ample spool designed to hold a lot of line. Instead of pushing a button before the shot, you pull a T-bar handle behind the reel after the shot to engage the retrieve. The reel takes up 28 inches of line per revolution of the handle thanks to its 4:1 gear ratio. It has a triple picatinny rail mount system that can handle multiple accessories.
$330 | megamouthbowfishing.com
Muzzy Arrow, Iron Barb Blade
Muzzy is legendary in the bowfishing world and its bows, arrows, points and gear are found on many boats. Its Composite Fish Arrow is made of a lightweight but tough carbon composite and outfitted with a Nocturnal lighted nock. The construction is 80 percent fiberglass and 20 percent carbon. It has a pre-drilled cross hole for tying line or a safety slide and an Iron Barb 3-blade Fish Point head.
$35 | feradyne.com