Carp, Gar are the target of bowfishing – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

As carp and gar roll to the surface for oxygen, it gives a bow fisherman the ability to drop a spiked arrow attached to a fishing line to land their catch.

Chris Poole, owner of Gill Busters Bowfishing in Jonesville, Louisiana, said the bowfishing experience isn’t something he can describe, people just have to experience it.

“You only have to go bow fishing once to see how it is,” Poole said. “It’s full of action all day.”

Anglers can bowfish during the day or at night and it’s a fishing method that Homer Hewitt said anglers use to target trash fish such as gar and carp. He said they are garbage fish because they are not good to eat. He said it is possible to eat gar if they are cleaned well.

He is the owner of Hewitt’s Archery located at 21 S EE Wallace Blvd Ferriday, Louisiana and sells bow fishing equipment. He said he got into bowfishing and bowhunting in the 1960s, and bowfishing is something he has kept going to stay ready for the future. deer season.

He said bowfishermen use an arrow with special tips to catch fish, a reel attached to their bows, and fishing line to reel in the arrow. Hewitt said booms should be equipped with a guardrail to prevent injury or death.

Poole said Gill Busters provides all the necessary equipment except drinks and snacks. He said a trip costs $100 per person and trips can last between 6 and 8 hours.

Anglers need a fishing license for bowfishing in Mississippi or Louisiana depending on the respective wildlife and fisheries departments.

In addition to a fishing license, anglers need a bow with a lower weight than that used for deer hunting. Hewitt said the typical weight used for bow fishing is 15 to 30 pounds. He said both recurve and compound bows could be used for bowfishing.

He said bow fishing is another way deer hunters can stay active with a bow and arrow outside of deer season. He said you don’t need a boat to fish with bows. You can use a light and a jetty, or even wade through the shallows when the water is warm.

“In the summer when you go out they always bite,” Hewitt said. “If you can see them, they bite, because you can shoot them.”

Poole said more bow fishing was needed to try and control an invasive species of carp. He said he believed he was the only bowfishing guide in the Concordia/Catahoula Parish area. The more people targeting silver carp, the better.

Poole and Hewitt said silver carp were destroying river habitat. Hewitt said he was able to steer his boat at 60 mph down the Tensas River until the silver carp made it too dangerous.

He said the silver carp was jumping in the air and hitting people in the boat and another was hitting his son. Poole said they did more than make water travel dangerous, the silver also posed a threat to other fish.

“They’re destroying our waterways and our structure because they’re eating up all the grass on the sides where there’s no cover,” Poole said. “There is nothing for the other fish. They are an invasive species. It’s population control, but we’re not harming the population at all. You can’t kill enough of them and they constantly spawn.

Earnest A. Martinez