My dad and I went out to lake Henshaw this morning to see if we could stick some carp. I would have liked to have gone up to Big Bear to see the tournament (not participate though). This was my dad's 1st time bowfishing. When we started getting on the fish, one of his first shots was a miss, we thought- and then he says "look at this!" There was a single scale impaled on the tip of the arrow! I don't know exactly how it happened, but he managed to hit a carp without penetrating it. Go figure. We took lots of shots, and missed a lot. If we could have landed half the attempted shots we made, we'd have taken home a LOT of fish. But we aren't very good. I think on a lot of them we were hitting too low. Anyway, at about 9:45 I finally connected with one, although it wasn't very big- only about 1.5-2 lbs. Right at about 10:00 a breeze kicked up, which turned into a strong wind, almost making whitecaps on what had been a mirror-flat lake. As we started back, I decided to test some of the modifications that I had made to my setup (including 50 yds of 200# fast flight) by shooting to the full range of my line (the point being to see whether it would snarl up or not). I faced downwind and let an arrow fly. I didn't aim high enough to make it quite to the end of the line, but it was about 40 yards or so. Not a single snarl! As I reeled in, it felt odd, with the line tightening and loosening alternately, but I thought it was due to the wind and just kept winding. It takes a long time to wind in that much line! When I was almost finished, my dad says, "wouldn't it be funny if you there were a fish on there? Hahaha". I said, "yeah, that'd be funny." A few seconds later I could see my arrow, and attached to it was a tail! I had actually impaled a small carp unintentionally, totally at random, just shooting as far as I could just to see if the line would tangle!
Now why couldn't I hit them when I aimed for them??? Well, it was hilarious, and we had a lot of fun, learned some valuable lessons, got soaked on the way in, and had a great time.
Sorry, no pics- wasn't worth the effort for the 2 little dinks.
Sounds like some sweet shooting. ;-) Cuz you know, girls like guys with skills--nunchuk skills, bowhunting skills....
Glad to hear you and your Pops had fun.
Any day in the outdoors is a damn good day.