For years I have seen photos and
read articles about bow fishing but it never appealed to me. Why? I do not know! Maybe it was ignorance about
the sport or just the unwillingness to try anything new. But now that I have my first
bow fishing trip under my belt, I AM HOOKED! No pun intended!
I owe this eye opening experience
to Captain Hal Newsome the owner and operator of the Cougar Run
Ranches. Everyone knows
about Halís great hunting operations and now it will not be long
until everyone knows about Halís great bow fishing trips!
Hal contacted me and told me that
he had just bought an airboat and was now taking hunters out on bow
fishing trips. Hal
asked me if I would like to go down to Anahuac Bay on a bow fishing
trip. I said
As I said earlier I had never had
an interest in bow fishing but as soon as Hal asked if I would like
to go, I began to get excited about the prospect of shooting fish
with a bow.
I did not have any of the
necessary equipment needed to bow fish but Hal told me not to
worry! Hal said he had
bows already decked out and ready to go. All we needed to do was show
up. It couldnít be any
easier to get into bow fishing!
We met Hal and his son Jason at
Anahuac Bay, TX. Hal
and Jason both had airboats set up just for bow fishing and it
looked like we were in for an exciting night.
Jason had a boat full of hunters
and we, (myself, Donna, Michael, and Morgan) loaded onto Halís
boat. After a safety
brief and instruction of how to use a bow fishing set up safely, we
were on the way. We
headed out on the bay just after the sun set. It was a beautiful summer
On the way to our fishing
location we saw several alligators. We were able to pull right
up to a few 4 foot gators and watch them swim a ways before they
decided to dive and disappear.
After about a 30 min boat ride it
was time to fish. I
grabbed my bow and made my way to the front of the boat where the
shooting deck was located.
Hal cranked up the generator and turned on the 500-watt
quarts lights that went around the outside of the boat. The water lit up like it was
daylight and you could see all types of life in the water.
The water we were hunting in was
as shallow as 2 inches.
It was very clear and easy to see. Now that the lights were
turned on it was time to hunt.
As we cruised along we began to start seeing Alligator
Gar. I started shooting
at everyone I saw. I
was shooting but not hitting a thing! I quickly learned that bow
fishing was not as easy as I had first thought it to be. I could not even hit a fish
that was a mere 3 feet from me. Hal had warned me that it
would take a while to figure it out and he was right.
After about 50 shots I finally
connected with a gar at about 20 yards. The fishing arrow smacked
the gar and he began to flop in the water. I quickly reeled him in and
tossed him in the bucket and reloaded my bow.
I had finally figured out this bow
fishing thing and I did not want to miss the chance at another
About half way through the night,
we met up with Jason to see how his shooters were doing. Jasonís boat had already
arrowed several huge White Ameire. I could not believe how big
those fish were! After
seeing those huge White Ameire, I knew that is what I needed to
start looking for.
After some instruction on where to
look for the White Ameire we were off to try to arrow our own huge
fish. It was not long
until another hunter on the boat arrowed the first huge White Ameire
for our boat. This fish
had to weigh around 30 or 40 pounds!
Michael decided he would try to
bow fish now and he was flinging arrows at every fish he saw from a
youth recurve. We got
into so many fish we did not have enough shooters on the boat.
It was getting late and I knew I
was running out of time to get a shot at a huge White Ameire. We slid across some marsh
grass and I saw a huge tail fin waving in an opening of the
grass. I swung around,
drew my bow and released.
The water exploded!
I had just connected with one of those huge White
Ameire! Another hunter
on the boat put another arrow in the huge fish and we were able to
get him on the boat.
This White Ameire was another beast weighing between 30 and
Before the night was over I stuck
several more gar. We
almost completely filled up the fish barrel that was on the
2 A.M. arrived and it was time to
head in. We had to make
the 1 Ĺ hour trip back to the Cougar Run II so we could get a few
I have to admit I am hooked on bow
fishing. I wish I would
have not been so hard headed and got into this sport a long time
If you are interested in going on
a great bow-fishing trip, give Hal a call. The cost of this trip is
$175.00 a person. If
you are hunting with Hal at one of his ranches, he will give you a
discount on the bow fishing trip.
Shoot Straight and Happy
This hunt was made possible in part by our
Mathews, Inc. Bushlan Camouflage, Carbon
The Gean-Edwards Company, Rynoskin,
Trophy Ridge, VMASS, North Starr Tree
Co., Fieldline, DoskoSport, Lumenok, Tru Fire Corp., Rocket
Aeroheads, Quake Industries, Limbsaver