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Old 03-17-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Ok, I just got my bow setup and I'm ready to go. I've never tried this and would love some advice as to the process, where , when , or technique.

Any help appreciated.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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learn and understand depth and refraction and accuracy,, this is the most important thing. you might also want to check the local laws concerning bow fishing, i think a sheepshead is considered a game fish, dont think you can shoot them,, i may be wrong though..
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you can shoot sheephead. walk docks in the afternoon and theyll be up next to the posts
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Aim low. Never been successful but havent done it alot. Good luck!
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sting rays are good practice
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sting rays are good practice
wtf?????????????
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Aim low
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sting rays are good practice

Do you throw your trash out of car windows?
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Ive shot more stingrays than I can remember, they are great practice, just make sure you eat them or have use for them as shark bait and dont waste them like those jack ass guys that shot a bunch in gulf breeze a while back. Im not saying you do that, but it would be dickish if you did.

I will say that I somewhat agree, stingrays do make good practice since theyre flat and often just cruising along not bothered by you being there. They taste pretty damn good too in my opinion.

As far as sheepies, around docks, piers, etc. middle of the day with a good pair of polarized glasses you should come across some, the things mentioned about aiming low and whatnot ARE important, but in my honest opinion, the MOST important thing is never shoot one you doubt the size of, if you arent sure its a keeper you might wanna hesitate a moment or two, once you make a dead on shot and pull him up and realize hes too small you better hope an FWC officer isnt standing around waiting to measure it.

I havent done a lot of bow fishing, something I definitely want to do more often cause it feels like a totally different ball game than rod and reel, or even spearfishing. but thats one thing that keeps me from flinging my arrow out at more fish is not quite feeling comfortable judging size at times.
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maybe a few of us can meet up some day in the not too distant future and some more experienced guys can show us how its really done, like i said ive shot a good bit of rays and a few sheeps, but my experience still is lacking a bit. ive never shot off sikes, so maybe thats somewhere i could try soon i guess, but thats one of the places where my size judgements and accuracy feel too iffy, smaller docks and off a jon boat while gigging a few times is as far as ive gone.
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