The Abbey Dugong Bow Fishing Kit is easy to use and trouble free – the ideal way to give this wet and wild sport a go.
The Dugong kit includes all you need to get started in this fast paced, action packed sport.
Spawning carp can easily be spotted as they stir up the bottom in the sun warmed shallows. Light tinnies or small fishing boats often can sneak up on garfish resting on the surface at night. Whatever your target, make sure it’s not a game fish.
Aim below where the fish appears as refraction will trick you into shooting over the quarry. Knowing where to aim at a fish can be one of the most difficult things to get used to in bowfishing. Due to the refraction of the water and how it optically distorts the location of objects in the water, aiming straight at your target usually results in a miss.
Refraction makes the target fish appear to be in a different place and you must aim lower to catch the fish. Aiming well below your target, compensates for the optical illusion. Depth and distance of your target also change how far below the fish you have to aim. Aiming 10 cm or four inches low for every 3.05 metres or ten feet of water is a good rule to follow.
Some bowfishing enthusiasts focus on the number of fish they can harvest in a single outing. Others concentrate on hunting trophy size fish. Carp can top 18 kg or 40 pounds and long nose garfish may exceed 91 cm or 3 feet in length. Bowfishing tournaments may base their judging on total weight, total numbers or largest fish.
The kit includes a tough, moulded reel that mounts to your bow in place of your stabiliser. A fibreglass fish arrow, 20 metres or 66 feet of 36 kg or 80 pounds braided nylon bowfishing line and a Sawfish fish point. The Sawfish fish point features a screw apart steel point with dual barbs for easy removal and is tough enough for the big ones. When purchasing new fish points, choose the glue on style for security. The bowfishing reel will provide years of trouble free service, is simple and fast and has a retractable line and zero drag.
When the action is hot and heavy, you will want plenty of fish arrows on hand. Solid fibreglass fish arrows strike hard and penetrate deep. Spare fibreglass fish arrows and Sawfish fish points can be purchased separately.
Bowfishing has enjoyed steady growth in recent years. One reason is the appeal it holds as a family sport. It is a great way to introduce a spouse, child or friend to archery.
Light compounds and recurves in the 25lb range are adequate for most of the fish they will encounter. Since you aren’t worried about voices spooking the quarry, you can be right beside them coaching.
The fast action and multiple shot opportunities help keep a novice archer interested. Many veteran bowhunters see bow fishing as a great way to keep their aim sharp and muscles toned outside of the big game season. For other enthusiasts, the fish they hunt are their idea of “Big Game”.
Abbey Dugong Bowfishing Kit features
- Retrievable Bowfishing Reel
- Fibreglass Fish Arrow
- Sawfish Fish Point
- 20 metres or 66 feet of 36 kg or 80 pounds test braided nylon line
- Full installation instructions on the reverse of the card
It is recommended that you also purchase an AMS Safety Slide System.
AMS Safety Slide Kit for 5-16″ solid fibreglass fish arrows. Arrow snap back can cause serious injury or death.
Snap back can occur when line is tied to the tail of an arrow. The most hazardous snap back occurs when the fishing line ties itself to the bowstring.
Upon release, a trailing loop of line can tie itself to the bowstring, cabling or arrow rest causing serious injury or death.
The AMS Safety Slide prevents fishing line from tangling with bow string or cables. Eliminates dangerous arrow snap or bounce back when bowfishing, stops arrow rest tangles, keeps line away from arrow rest, when properly tied ensures near perfect arrow flight, prevents shooting through fish.
Safety Slide Kit includes
- Shock pad
- 5-16″ nock and instructions.