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Gordie

Bowfishing Roughfish pictures

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Gordie

Here's a place to post all your guys pictures of you fish.

Please try and keep your photos in good taste. Try not to have your catch all bloodied up makes for a better photo.Please no fish with arrows stuck in them.

Please remember to follow forum policy with this.

Thanks and have fun.

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No_Net

A couple questions on what kind of pics are ok to post.

Most of the pictures I take the fish are layed out in rows on the ground are these ok?

Pictures of fish in the barrel?

I like to post pictures just don't want to post any that will get deleted right away.

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Gordie

Its real nice to have them taken in a natrual setting/back ground you know not like on the concrete driveway pics.

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brian6715

Alright I will get the party started

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Maybe a 12 pounder from Rice County, not proud of how I held my arms out, but hey... I was young and dumb!

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MJ1657

Great looking fish!

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pushbutton

After a few whiffs, finally got this porkster. Way too old to be up this late!

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Gordie

Great looking fish guys

Pushbutton what arrow set up are you using?

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pushbutton

A puurty yellow and black one ...... I don't know grin Just told the guy at the store it had to handle big fish.....here, you tell me wink Can you file these tips....if so with what? Already took the tip of the tip off on a rock.....

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Gordie

I'm sure you can use a file or even a coarse stone for sharping knives

Guess you shoulda told the guy that you were gonna shoot big rocks grin

Oh and it is purdy

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TylerS

Looks like a grappler tip. Can't remember the company. Cajun Archery maybe? Those yellow jacket shafts are the bee's knees though (see what I did there? Yellow Jacket... bee's knees...oh I crack myself up!).

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Gordie

Tyler that one stung just a little winklaugh

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No_Net

Nice fish guys hopfully be add some myself this weekend. For resharping a file works ,but a grinding wheel is the fastest way to resharpen tips.

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Archerysniper

grinding wheel is the fastest way to resharpen tips.

We carry a cordless grinder in the boat on the tournaments,even a big gar can dull your tips.

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ERdeerhunter

Haven't had a chance to get out yet this year, but figured I would share some picture of the boat. Never shot from a boat before, but we figured we would see if we could fix up the old Lund. Hoping to get out this weekend.

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pikestabber

That's a beauty!

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waterfowl101

Got on the water at 1158pm monday night and started seeing fish right away next to the dock. Had a pretty good shoot with alot of dogfish being around. Ended up with 12 carp and 12 dogfish.

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carpmanjake

my prototype bowfishing slingshot claimed its first victim today. a nice sucker for the smoker

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carpshooterdeluxe

Haven't had a chance to get out yet this year, but figured I would share some picture of the boat. Never shot from a boat before, but we figured we would see if we could fix up the old Lund. Hoping to get out this weekend.

Have you run the lights yet while standing on the deck? If so, how hot do the backs of the light fixtures get? Any issues with wearing shorts and brushing up against the lights while shooting?

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TruthWalleyes

Bowfishing slingshot...Nice!

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ERdeerhunter

Have you run the lights yet while standing on the deck? If so, how hot do the backs of the light fixtures get? Any issues with wearing shorts and brushing up against the lights while shooting?

I haven't shot with it yet, but we did a little practice run in the yard to get a feel for its stability. Didn't feel very hot, but we only had them running for a few minutes as opposed to hours. At night I always wear jeans anyway rather than shorts even in the summer. The lights attract all kinds of bugs and mosquitos and I don't like to spend the night slapping at my legs.

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TylerS

Tyler that one stung just a little winklaugh

Oh Gordie, why don't you just buzz off??? grin

Nice photos so far, guys! I may have to take a week off in early June just to stick a few pigs...

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Gordie

Oh Gordie, why don't you just buzz off??? grin

Ok Tyler I will put on my yellow jacket but it still stings a bit grin

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carpmanjake

Bowfishing slingshot...Nice!

yep!this one is good for shooting in small creeks, and ranges 20 feet or less,draw weight is about 20lbs. the next one im making willhave a stronger band, a mount for an AMS wave roller rest.and somehow mount an AMS reel to it as well! im hoping for accurate shots up to 40-50 feet with the strong band. which will have a draw weight of about 40lbs.

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TruthWalleyes

I hope it works out for your carpman, sounds like fun!

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No_Net

Got out last night for the first time this year. Ended the night with a mixed bag of carp, buffs, dogfish, suckers, sheephead, and what i think is a highfin carpsucker.

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    • DonkeyHodey
      I eat bass.  I also release bass and typically only keep them to eat when they are by-catch targeting other eaters and I'm in the filleting mood...  (I personally don’t want to keep a bass >~14inches for eating anymore; they don't taste as good (especially in the summer), they have more toxins and I buy the argument that bass help control/balance the bluegill population...) Catch and Release isn’t perhaps the end-all-be-all  for a healthy lake/fishery… Story #1:  My wife caught a nice ~15 incher in mid-May that was missing an eye...--We couldn't keep him then due to season, but it would've been a bit of a dilemma if he’d been caught a week later after full opener.   Do I eat a bigger fish that might be limited to grow big (?mercy killing) or let the survivor continue to survive?   (It did seem likely his lost eye was a result of having been previously caught (?foul hook with a treble hook or removed roughly/carelessly/mishandled?   I could tell stories, and I suppose that could be an interested thread to start:  fish removal techniques you’ve witnessed that horrify you...  This, perhaps, highlights what Del was getting at in terms of harvest vs. annoying the fish…) Agree with Don.  Wasting of ANY fish is awful.  Story #2:  I was fishing this spring in the river and caught a big ol’ beauty of a white sucker (personal best!); when I released it, I was mocked by fellow shore-fishermen for throwing back a "carp" and they advised me the "right thing to do" is pitch it up on the shore...   (there's still alot of fisherman that believe the DNR actually encourages destruction of "rough fish")  I politely reminded them this big treasure is likely providing (through its baby suckers) future countless meals for their precious walleyes…  This argument was laughed at…  But back to bass…--Rodbender—I think you'll find very few anglers interested in a stranger telling them which fish they can or cannot keep...  It comes across as “stop eating MY future big bass!”  A lake is very much designed to thrive with harvest, and I would point out, releasing everything doesn’t always cleanly equal “more big fish.” There's comments here about the northern pike that perhaps highlight this paradox;  numerous lakes in MN had a ridiculous slot limit (release all norts <40 inches) that effectively made nort fishing catch and release (since the central and southern lakes effectively can’t produce a 40 incher and even if it could, eating one would be, well, interesting…).  The goal was to produce more big fish—the end result was lakes infested with <20 inch snakes that no one seems to want (and end up a nuisance by-catch when targeting anything else.)  Furthermore, those numerous small norts grow very slowly (and die of “old age” at 27 inches…)  (…thus, now the DNR is expending resources to try and encourage harvest and hence the (in my opinion) move in the right direction with the 2018 nort regulation changes…)  Yes, I know bass and norts are 2 VERY different species and react differently to lake/season/climate conditions, but lakes/fish/nature doesn’t always behave as we intuitively “know” it will.  A fellow fisher (that is eating “your bass”) might be reducing competition for remaining bass and potentially increasing their growth velocity in the lake.  (I will again repeat:  A lake is very much designed to thrive with harvest--be it humans, eagles, loons, cormorants, bears, snapping turtles, other fish, etc…  I know, we humans tend to be greediest, and take our harvest to unsustainable damaging extremes, but, that’s why we have rules/DNR/etc…  Just my thoughts…) Rodbender—If you want more big bass, there’s a good argument that you should harvest and eat (do not waste!) more small northern pike; they are outcompeting the bass for forage.    (It’ll likely get you farther than trying to guilt/change/bully what is otherwise legal behavior in others…)
    • ozzie
      To the OP: As you get older and wiser you will notice that you can only change what you can control and you cannot control what others think is right.  They are within the law so the only thing to do is get the law changed.  Bass are fun to catch but too many of them and they become a nuisance just like small pike... Also be happy that you are sitting at a landing, getting paid good $$$, to "protect" a lake that more than likely already has most of the invasive species that you are sitting there trying to protect the lake against!!  Sorry but I am not a fan of the AIS inspectors as they just harass most of the time and have absolutely done nothing to stop the spread of invasive species IMO.  My prime example is North Long Lake in Brainerd...4-5 years ago, show up to the landing and see they have a spray station there.  We pull up and talk with the DNR rep and they said they are pressure washing all boat upon exit to spray them for clean travel to next lake.  At this point North Long was listed as a clean lake with no listed invasive species according to the DNR and the DNR employees at the launch that day.  I asked them why wash boats coming out of a clean lake and not washing them before entering said clean lake?  They said it would be too time consuming to wash pre launch!!!! WTF good does it to spray boats exiting a clean lake and not upon entering?!?!?  This is our tax and license dollars being spent on the worst system around: AIS Inspectors!!!!  Keep up the good fight but to me your attempt to educate people on what to keep is about as pointless as you job sitting at the landing protecting lakes that are already invaded by the same species you are trained to find!!!  People who keep bass, start off with a different thought process, as most don't consider bass (let alone bigger bass) good table fare to begin with... 
    • leech~~
      Lol, had this happen many times on lakes in the Brainerd area and north.   One nice quite morning my buddy and I got up before day light to fish for Eye's in a small channel between lakes he has a cabin on.  No one in sight on the lake. About 8:30 am we hear this loud roar coming around the point and about 15 Bass boats with 150 to 300 hp motors flying WOT around the point and right up this small channel!  Thought we were going to get hit or swamped by their wakes! 🤪   I'm all for boys having fun with their toys but asking others to not keep fish they are making a big game out of, not so much! 😕   That being said I have only kept 3 Bass in my life. One's on the wall and 2 I eat to give it a try and never eat another there after. 
    • LoonASea
      Its been years since I targeted bass ,,,, Ever since I fished a lake during a bass tournament and was told to get out of their way because they were fishing a tournament and paid lot of dollars to be there to fish ,,, My response was "If you want to fish here get up earlier tomorrow" ,,, That kinda soured my opinion of bass fishermen ,,,, Respect for the resource and other fishermen is my train of thought ,,, Back to your OP,,, suggesting that the smaller fish make better table fare might be the better approach and not give the idea that you are standing on a pedestal,,, If you contact the DNR ask when fishing with 2 lines will become a reality    
    • SkunkedAgain
      Congratulations. Don't be a stranger around here
    • rodbender27
      Thank you for your input and information you have acquired through your experience in the field. I also agree with your words on small pike. It was nice to see the DNR taking a stand on the issue and creating a new set of regulations that will hopefully benefit all areas of our state.  With some of the responses I have gotten and some of my own self-reflection I have begun to realize that there may not be a best way to approach this issue and try and enhance the mindful thinking of others. For me, this is very disheartening as a passionate angler who has had the tradition of enjoying the outdoors passed down to me from multiple generations before. Taking the interest that was instilled in me from an early age and putting in diligent hours on the water to improve my understanding of fish behavior to catch the largest and most savvy bass has presented me with a sense of accomplishment that I would love to see in future anglers. I hate to reduce that possitive thinking because there may not be that possibility for anglers who target all species of fish that swim. As much as I see angling enjoyment decreasing if the selective harvest trend does not continue to increase, the most concerning issue to me is one from an economic standpoint as my home state of Minnesota relies heavily on the market of water related activities as one if its major sources of profit generation. If we as anglers (who make up a large percentage of that consumer market) are not able to enjoy the hobby because of depleted fisheries, i fear there will be much greater consequences. 
    • Wanderer
      My, that’s a pretty fish!
    • Surface Tension
      Sorry to hear that.  I hope the scrap yard has their contact information and they're tracked down.
    • Surface Tension
      The water is cold up there right now but you still might want to try casting spoons from shore.   As mentioned going inland for streamers or hit a Designated Trout Lake https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_lakes/list.html  
    • gimruis
      Rodbender, I'm with ya.  I cannot recall the last time I kept a bass for table fare.  For starters, they just don't taste that good because they generally come from shallower, warmer, more polluted bodies of water.  I prefer coldwater species like walleyes, perch, and trout if they are the right size.  And even so, I practice selective harvest too.  I personally don't know anyone that specifically goes out and targets bass as regular table fare.  I'm not going to comment about what I think of that practice but I definitely disagree with it.  I used to work for the DNR and veteran a biologist told me that it takes a bass about a decade to get to 20 inches/5 pounds in the upper Midwest here.  That is NOT a renewable resource in any way, shape, or form.  If people started keeping those fish regularly, the resource would get depleted in a short period of time.  The guys going out there as meat hunters every trip can go kick rocks.  That's the older generation way of thinking.  The modern scientific approach to fishing is resource management and selective harvest.  Luckily there is a strong catch and release ethic amongst most bass anglers.  They don't have to go home with fish in their livewell on a regular basis.  They go because they enjoy it.  Muskie anglers are the same type. As for how to approach these people depleting the bass population on a small lake, I wouldn't say much to them.  They'll eventually see the big picture when they can't catch any more of them.  The fish I wish more people would keep is small pike to be honest.  There are way too many of those in our lakes and rivers because people kept all the big ones for years and now these lakes are loaded with small, aggressive stunted ones that no one wants.