It's a perfect blend of hunting and fishing. On this week's edition of Fox Ten outdoors, it's time for something a little different.
Michael Dorie with Five Rivers Delta Safaris invited me out on a nighttime bowfishing trip. It's a lot of fun to get out on the water at night and see everything in the water, even alligators.
This type of fishing involves a typical compound bow with a line attached to the arrow. A generator powers large halogen lights so you see fish and other well ahead of the boat. This particular pontoon style craft also used a fan motor to glide through shallow grassy, areas. Local expert outdoorsman Tom Boatwright was also on the trip as a guide. Tom also started the night off right with the first big hit!
Our primary target was an evasive species of carp. The fish eat vital aquatic vegetation and have no natural; predators. While they are not great table fare, they are overpopulated and make a great target for bowfisherman looking to sharpen their skills.Tom and Michael both hit this next fish as it swam into the lights. After a number of misses, I got a good fish as he darted through the center of the lights.By the end of the night, we had a an impressive haul of carp.
For more information on bowfishing in the delta, check out Michael and Tom's website 5rds.com. Or call 251-259-8531.
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