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Hi all. I've been doing a lot of fishing lately down here in San Diego. I've just gotten a compound and been thinking about trying out bowfishing. I've only ever seen it done online/tv down in the Deep South for the most part. Anyone bowfish/see anyone doing that down this way? Anywhere local it's kosher to shoot? Thanks.

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Years back I used to watch people shoot carp at clearlake looked like a lot of fun and always wanted to try it.. Dave

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Here's what the fishing regulations say about it. So if you go with these guidelines you should be good to go.

2.25. Bow and Arrow Fishing.Bow and arrow fishing is permitted only for the taking of carp, goldfish, western sucker, Sacramento blackfish, hardhead, Sacramento pikeminnow and lamprey, all year, except in:( a ) Designated salmon spawning areas.( b ) The Colorado River District where only carp, tilapia, goldfish and mullet may be taken.( c ) See bullfrogs (section 5.05).( d ) The East Fork Walker River between Bridgeport Dam and the Nevada State line where carp only may be taken during trout season.

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There's a few of us in SD Archers that bowfish. We typically bowfish in the San Diego river and the canals down in El Centro for carp. Also, once a year Big Bear lake and lake Henshaw hold carp bowfishing tournaments. I think Big Bear was just this past weekend, but since I'm working on the road, I didn't shoot this year.Check the salt water regs also, I used to bowfish for Corvina in the surf down on Torrey Pines and blacks beach. It's a real challenge, but super fun also - more suited to a recurve because snap shooting is common, and full draws are not always possible.

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Get a cheap compound if you're gonna use it on the salt. You'll ruin a bow quickly. There are some nice fishing rigs for $300 with the line and special (heavy) arrows and such for sale. I saw em at OC Archery, they look like this:fhbow-at-pond-50_.jpgI'm waiting for the tuna, YT and mahi to show offshore on the paddies this summer because there are no serious game fish taken by bow on youtube. Me and my buddy wanna be the 1st! :rolleyes:We're using an older compound that doesn't get much use...figure a gillplate shot is best. Will post pics later. Just waiting for the water to warm! Looks like a big El Nino bubble is forming off Equador.

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Thanks....Sounds like tons of fun.....might want to look up north a bit----saw a water temp map in last weeks Western Outdoor News and the warmest water in the area right now was up past North County I believe.

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