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Get Some Sleep, Try Midday Bowfishing

Not all bowfishing trips have to occur under the cover of darkness, and from a boat; there are likely several daytime, from-the-bank fish-arrowing opportunities within a short drive from your house

Get Some Sleep, Try Midday Bowfishing
Get Some Sleep, Try Midday Bowfishing

I love bowfishing, a lot. In fact, it’s probably the most consistent fun that I have with a bow in my hand. The action is usually fast and every legal fish I see is a target. There is no room for trophy bowfishing in my life. The one thing I don’t do much of when it comes to skewering fish, is nighttime bowfishing. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I’ve got twin four-year olds at home.

My days of staying up all night long for anything fun are long past me. As much as I love arrowing fish, I can’t justify too many days of being zombiefied and derelict in my fatherly duties over carp. It’s just not going to happen.

Knowing this, and knowing I still want to have plenty of bowfishing fun, I look for opportunities that are not only simple, but action-packed during bankers’ hours. And you know what? I find those opportunities all of the time.

I think we look at daytime bowfishing kind of like some people look at shed hunting without a shed dog these days, and it doesn’t make much sense. When I was growing up, we didn’t even know you could shoot fish at night (in fact, in many places you couldn’t), but we didn’t care. We just bowfished in the day, just like how I use to shed hunt (and find antlers) before I ever trained a dog to find cast bone.

To find decent daytime bowfishing, look no further than the nearest river or pond or lake or pretty much any body of water. Nearly all water that can have rough fish in it, will have rough fish in it.

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