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Old 04-22-2003, 01:01 PM   #1
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Has anyone here made their own bowfishing stuff? I took an old fishing rod and cut the rod part off, leaving only the handle and reel. Then I drilled a hole in the end of the handle and stuck in a threaded peice of metal that fits where my stabilizer goes on my recurve, then epoxied the metal piece in the handle of the rod. Next I took an old aluminum arrow and took the insert out, and filled the shaft with sand. and glued the insert back in. Then I took the blades off of a 125grain thunderhead broadhead and bent some stiff wire around the base of the broadhead and the top of the shaft insert and bent it into barbs. Then I made a little loop out of the wire up next to the tip to tie my line onto. Then I epoxied it all together and now if I just tie the line to the loop next to the broadhead and screwed the rod handle and reel onto my bow, I think I' ll be in buisness.

I think it will hold up. I' m not a serious bowfisherman as you can tell, but I think I can get a bluegill or two.

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Old 04-23-2003, 03:22 PM   #2
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Wow! And I thought I had been a real do-it-yourself' er back when I first started bowfishing--you got me beat by a long shot! I' d like to hear how it all works when you have put it through a field trial.

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Old 04-24-2003, 10:25 PM   #3
 
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Don' t forget to push the button before you shoot!!!!

Might work, but I bet the wire won' t hold up on a gar or carp. Bluegill? Maybe, but thats a gamefish..

The reel sounds fine, just use strong line. As far as arrows... I' d have to spend the few buck for a real fish arrow.

Also, NEVER NEVER NEVER tie to the back of the arrow. You may end up DEAD!!! Best to use AMS slides. Go to the ' retriever' website for details... I think it is www.amsretriever.com but I' m not for sure.

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Old 04-24-2003, 10:29 PM   #4
 
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www.amsbowfishing.com is the website. Then click on Bowfishing Warnings for details!!!
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Old 04-25-2003, 08:04 AM   #5
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I still use fiberglass shafts and I by my points, but make my own rodes and reals. I tend to make a small stiff pole from the rest of the rod. It helps when you get big fish (like alligator gar or big carp). If you shoot a big fish and dont have a pole attached the fish will jerk you all over.


Be carful shooting bluegills, make sure it is legal in your parts. Around here it is illegal to shoot game fish.
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Old 05-03-2003, 06:05 PM   #6
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I found out bluegill was illegal to bowfish for here so I had to go with catfish.

Anyways, here' s how it went. I managed to get a few catfish and it held up pretty good. Nothing huge, about 3 pounds was the biggest I got. The arrow worked good[:-], better than I thought it would. Other than planing after it went through about a foot of water it was shooting like a pro........Then I lost my arrow[X(].

Since then I found an old Bohning lightning " hand" reel in the attic I didn' t even know I had[]. I like it alot better than my homemade one. I also got a pair of real arrows and safety slides. I also got some 200# test fastflight line. It all only cost me about 14 bucks to upgrade and now my gear works twice as good.



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