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The Making of a Bowfishing Boat

Key points to look for in a bowfishing boat.

March 25, 2016
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The needs of a bowfisherman aren’t that much different from anglers. You need a stable platform, reliable power, the silence of an electric trolling motor, and a platform high enough to offer a better view into the water.

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•The Grizzly jon boat is flat-bottomed for superior stability during the chaos of a successful shoot. There’s space enough in it for several shooters to safely draw, release and retrieve the arrow.

•The shooting deck gives a vantage point to see farther and deep into the water. It’s removable for fishing or waterfowl hunting.

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•Lights surround the deck to illuminate the whole waterway and fish below. LEDs operate on 12 volts and are safer for boaters to maintain than AC current.

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•A gas-powered generator to run a 12-volt charger is essential to keep lights lit.

•Easy-to-clean, nonskid decking, like this dense foam surface, quiets footsteps whether fishing, bowfishing or duck hunting.

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•The foot-operated trolling motor is silent to sneak up on fish. A 24- to 36-volt system is required, and electronic pedal steering is essential to keep the bow hands-free.

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•Rod holders, arrow quivers and cold-drink holders keep essentials in easy reach.

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