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Renovating a Bowfishing Boat

By Kathleen Kalina

Staff Writer

Minnesota

Bowfishing for carp, gar and other rough fish is an exciting type of hunting nationwide.  Around walleye country, the saying goes: “Spear a carp, save a walleye”.   Carp are a major cause for destroying walleye habitat.  Bowhunting for fish can be done from shore, but having a platform on a boat can make it more successful.   In some states it’s possible to bowfish at night with halogen or metal halide lights and a generator.   I am going to show you a photo step by step of how I recently renovated a boat for bowfishing.  If I could do it, then you can too.

Two types of boats are best for bowfishing from a platform: a jon boat and a wide semi-vee boat.  The key is width and stability.   It’s best to buy a boat 16ft or longer with at least 6ft width at the gunwale (sides).   Purchasing the best motor you can find is a key factor in reliable  boating.  An aluminum boat doesn’t need the horsepower that a heavy fiberglass needs. It’s cheaper to buy a 25 hp motor than a 50 hp.

 

The 16ft lund boat, the day I got it. The finished bowfishing boat

This photo is from chapter 1 of the book "How to Build a Bowfishing Boat"  available at Amazon

for kindle or Ipad

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The book has detailed instructions with photos.

 


The author Kathleen Kalina and renovator of the 16 ft,  Lund bowfishing boat recommends that you join a local bowfishing club.  Look at photos on the American Bowfishing Association website to get ideas for your boat renovation. Stability is of the utmost importance.  A bigger wide boat can really make the difference.  .

 


Here is the photo of a carp shot from renovated boat.


33inch carp taken by bow from renovated boat.

 

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