Archery fishing is also popularly referred to as “bow fishing,” in which a fisher use a bow and arrows to catch fish.

You can use a usual hunting bow which has a reel attached to it in front of its grip.

Bow fishing is popular among hunters at times when it is not the season for hunting game such as deer. It helps them keep their hunting skills in perfect condition irrespective of the season.

Take the following factors into consideration before you go in for bow fishing.

1. You should have your license to fish. Find out if your state requires you to have a state fishing license.
2. You should have a state-approved set of archery fishing equipment.
3. Your state might require you to take an Archery Safety Course approved by it. This course includes the appropriate safety precautions that are to be taken by you and information on fishing laws that you should know.
4. In many states, you can bow fish only during some seasons. The intention of this rule is to safeguard the fish population by allowing them to spawn.
5. Many states have formulated laws that forbid you to catch certain species of rare fish.

The following list of tips will help you enjoy your bow fishing trip.

1. Tying a knot might sound simple; however, you should be adept at the art of typing knots that don’t slip. This is very important if you want to achieve success with bow fishing.
2. You should tune your bow to ensure that it is in perfect working condition. To tune a bow, you have to repeatedly adjust its rest and calibrate its nock. To tune a bow quickly, simply shoot a usual bow-fishing arrow, minus its tip, into a cardboard target.
3. While there are many similarities between bow hunting and bow fishing, they vary in certain respects. Bow-fishing arrows are heavier than hunting arrows, have larger tips, and have strings attached to them.

There are a number of bow fishing techniques, such as:

Still hunting: The bow fisher sits quietly on the bank of a lake or pool in a serene wood while he waits for a fish to shoot at.
Stalking: You can stalk fish on boat or on foot. Stalking means that you are moving continuously as you try to locate the fish.
Ambush: You can ambush fish that are in a crowd, and fish are usually found in crowds when they are spawning.

In bow fishing, fish are shot when they are in water; so the resistance you get from fish is different from that which you get from the game birds that you shoot in air. And that is the fun of bow fishing.

Source by Abhishek Agarwal