Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tips for Archery Fishing

Also known as Bow fishing, this is a sport wherein a fisherman uses archery equipment to fish.

A regular hunting bow can be used for fishing by simply attaching a reel to the front of the bow grip.

Archery fishing is especially favored by regular hunters when regular game like deer are off season. This way they can continuously hone their skills for whatever season it may be.

Before engaging in archery fishing, one must first take into consideration the following:

1. A fisherman must be duly licensed. Some states require that an individual have a state license to fish.

2. Equipment. Most states have a predetermined set of approved equipment for archery fishing.

3. Archery Safety Course. Still, some states require that an individual go through an approved safety course for archery fishing to ensure that the individual is well versed with the proper safety precautions and information regarding applicable laws in fishing.

4. Seasons. Bow fishing in some states can only be done in certain seasons. This is to allow the fish to spawn.

5. Species of fish. Some states have rules forbidding archery fishing for some species of fish.

The following skills are necessary for an individual to obtain and practice:

Knot tying. Though it may seem like a simple task, tying knots that will not slip (line for the arrow) are crucial in bow fishing.

Tuning. Tuning is making sure that the bow is at its best working condition. To ensure this, one has to continuously adjust the rest and calibrate the nock.

For a faster tuning process, one may shoot a regular bow-fishing arrow (without the tip) onto a target made of cardboard.

Marksmanship or targeting. Bow fishing and bow hunting, though similar on some aspects, really do differ on many things. Arrows for bow fishing are heavier, have larger arrow tips and, the most obvious one, has a string attached to the arrow.

And since fish are shot in the water, resistance differs as when compared to shooting in the air (for bow hunting of games)

There are various methods or ways of archery fishing. This includes the following:

1. Still hunting. A fisherman selects a place by the lake in which he would wait for passing fish to shoot its bow at.

2. Stalking. This can be done on foot or while on a boat. One is in constant motion in an attempt to locate fish.

3. Ambush. Fish that are best ambushed are the ones that are spawning since they tend to crowd thus increasing chances of target.

“Give A Man A Fish And You’ll Feed Him For One Day”

Most people will have heard the old saying “give a man a fish, and he’ll feed himself for a day; teach him to fish and he’ll feed himself and his family for life“.

Although not everyone who takes up angling does it in order to provide food, it is a good saying, demonstrating how fishing can be more than just a hobby, and can have a real practical application for anyone who does it.

It helps if you like to eat fish and have a nearby body of water with a ready supply of edible species, of course. Admittedly not everyone is so lucky.

However, for those who are, there is certainly a viable aspect to fishing in order to provide food. Not every species you can catch is edible – or to be more accurate, not every species is one that you would wish to eat.

Those that are do not occur naturally everywhere. It is therefore a good idea to read up on the prevalent species in your area and find out whether you might enjoy dining on freshly caught fish regularly.

It is also worth being aware whether you need to have a licence in order to fish certain spots. In some cases, local authorities deem it necessary that anyone who might fish for financial gain (and if you do not have to buy the fish, it could be argued that you are doing so) should pay for a licence to cover what they might take out of the areas rivers and lakes.

The licence may not cost much, and you may not need one at all, but it is advisable to be sure of the situation before you go any further, in order that you do not end up paying a fine and having to pay for a licence.

Fancy A Change? Try Ice Fishing.

Most regular anglers choose between three main types of fishing for their amusement. Either you like to go sea fishing, or fish in a river, or finally you might prefer to enjoy a placid day’s lake fishing.

However, there are also plenty of people – chiefly those who live in colder climates – who enjoy doing things another way. Namely, ice fishing.

This may sound like an unrealistic choice for those who live in warmer climes, but there is absolutely no reason why you cannot go on an ice fishing break should the fancy take you.

Indeed, for some places – among them the American state of Alaska – ice fishing forms a major part of their cultural tourist industry.

The fact that for many people in these regions ice fishing is a necessity, means that they have a strong knowledge of exactly how to do it right, and this makes for an endlessly entertaining change of pace for those who are used to standing in shorts and t-shirt while battling a warm water fish.

The equipment is slightly different and the experience can be a little jarring if you don’t deal well with icy conditions, but it can be genuinely good fun.

The pleasures of ice fishing may not be as widely known as those of riverbank fishing and sea angling, but they are certainly there nonetheless.

Anyone who has spent a few hours crouched by a hole in the snow trying to land a fish will admit that, at the very least, there is a real challenge to ice fishing which other forms struggle to replicate.

Epic Battles Of Our Time

It is often claimed that former US president George W Bush once said “It is my belief that human beings and fish can co-exist peacefully”. While there is dispute over whether he actually said that, surely no-one disagrees that it is true.

However, you will come to question the truth of it when you have put a great deal of effort into the battle to land a 40-50 lb fish and feel nothing but anger and aggression towards the entire piscine kingdom.

At that point, you’ll feel ready to declare full-scale war against fish and, indeed, crabs too. Anything that lives in water will draw your ire.

Undoubtedly, though, the major lasting effect of a battle to land a big fish will be dependent on whether you get it in the net in the end. If you do, an overriding feeling of weary satisfaction will be the order of the day.

Fail to land it and you’ll nurse a sense of hurt frustration and either resolve to get the lucky fish next time, or want to walk away and leave it. Of such fine margins is made the life of a keen angler.

If we didn’t have those moments of satisfaction and frustration, fishing would just be boring.

It is as much a matter of getting the larger fish on the hook as it is getting it in the net. Any number of things can happen once it’s on the end of the line, and not every case where the fish gets away will be the angler’s fault.

In fact, getting the fish on the line and enjoying the battle is many anglers’ favorite part of the pastime. No matter how frustrating it can be to have a fish escape you, imagine how bored you’d get if they never even got on the hook.

A Fishing Holiday – The Ultimate Relaxation

For anyone who wants a truly relaxing holiday, you’d have to go some to beat a week spent fishing somewhere nice and sunny.

The huge advantage to a fishing holiday is, of course, that not only are you many miles away from the grind of work and personal life, but you are able to spend your days on a riverbank or boat, challenging yourself against the best that the marine world can throw at you.

It may not feel relaxing when you are going mano a mano against a fish that weighs the same as a sledgehammer, but for the rest of the time it’s bliss.

Fishing holidays are big business in this day and age – with people feeling that the every day grind of work is something that can really build into a major stress problem.

There is something endlessly relaxing about being next to a great body of water, it is almost therapeutic.

If you can get rid of some of the stresses by battling to land a larger fish, then so much the better.

It is these kind of experiences that make a holiday memorable, after all.

The big question for you, however, is where to go, and what kind of fishing you enjoy plays a big part in this.

If you are keen on sea fishing, then one of the major areas of coastline in the world might be just perfect. If you are more of a riverbank aficionado, then somewhere more rural will be a better idea.

In the end it is up to you, and the main thing is that you enjoy yourself.

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