We left in the late morning with a friend and his wife. We set out for a day of bow fishing at the lake. As we floated away from the marina I gave our friend a bow and explained to him the jug and reel. (read about his day here) The wife examined the arrow and said “You mean you really shoot a fish with this?!” I let out a laugh and said “YEP!”
She looked at me wide-eyed and said “That was an evil, fun laugh.”
I gave my regular voluminous, contagious laugh and shrugged as we made it to clear water and put the hammer down heading to a fishing spot.
As we watched her husband fish I explained to her how he was shooting and why his arrow was going above or below the fish he was shooting at. I showed her the reel and mechanisms so she would be ready when her turn came. She had been practicing with my old compound bow for a couple of months so she’s a pretty good at a target on land. Now was her chance to test her skills on not only a live, moving target, but a target under water. She kept her eye on her husband as he fished. She was studying so she’d be ready when it was her turn.
After numerous tries, the husband got him a fish and then it was the wife’s turn. We perched her at the bow of the boat and trolled. Immediately we saw a carp finning. She lifted her bow, began to draw and as quickly as we saw that carp it was gone, deep in the darkness of the lake water.
Not to fear. She was ready again and 30 yards a head she spotted another. She drew, shot and nailed that carp!
What?! Huh?! On her first bow fishing trip ever, and her FIRST try?! She had never even hunted an animal!
She let out an “evil laugh” and I screamed “HAH!!!! THERE’S THE EVIL LAUGH!”
We jumped up and down and cheered as I drew her fish in. Her husband stood at the back of the boat in awe with his jaw nearly to the ground. He, an accomplished elk hunter had just been shown up at bow fishing by his sweet little wife.
I love it!!!
A happy fish kiss after arrowing her first carp!
We carried on our day and she got another fish. It is so much fun to get ladies into the outdoors, and this outdoors lady just got into bow fishing!
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