|Lookin' for carp|
1st - Just like any type of hunting (yes I consider it hunting) it is important to do some pre-hunt scouting. Just like you would do if you were thinking about on any other outdoors adventure you have never been on, ask a few people that you know have "been there done that". Be respectful and don't ask for specifics as far as where to go and so forth but ask them for some tips and advice. Call the wildlife management in your are and ask them where outdoors men typically go for bow fishing adventure, they won't hesitate to tell you where the good spots are. Once you know where you may go, take time to get to know the area and where the fish are at certain times of the day.
2nd - Make sure you have a plan, DO NOT be the person who goes and shoots 50 carp and then leave them all on the bank or in the water just because you don't know what you are going to do with them... Carp can be used for numerous different things such as bear bait, fish bait, or even fertilizer. If you don't have a plan or don't know what you will do with them, I strongly encourage you not to go bow fishing or at least take a bucket, cooler, or something to take them home with you and dispose of them appropriately.
3rd - Take the right gear. You will want to make sure you have gear that you won't mind if it gets wet, muddy, and fishy. Another important thing to remember is that you are going to be spending quite a bit of time "glassing" just like any other hunt, looking for the animal you are after. In the situation of bow fishing you will want to make sure you have a good pair of sun glasses as well as other gear to protect you from the sun. If you don't take the right gear, it won't be long until you are sun burnt to the point of discomfort and your eyes will ache for days afterwards.
4th - Know were to look. Just like any other animal, fish don't typically like to sit out in the open. Look in weed beds, cattails, and any other form of cover to find good numbers of carp. Yes you will be able to find a few her and there just swimming around in the open, but if you want to find the numbers and the size of fish that make bow fishing fun, get to the spots where the fish thrive.
|My take home for the day|