- Descalin' 654.25
- Triple XXX 620.95
- Quality Carp Management 579.05
- Aerial Assault 557.75
- Team Night Prowler 545.6
- Between The Banks 503.8
- Full Throttle Bowfishing 501.05
- Team Bass Pro Shops 492.1
- Shallow Penetration 458.95
- Team Night Affliction 451.95
- Team Carpoon 451.15
- OCD Bowfishing 419.05
- Apex Bowfishing 412.65
- Karp Killin Clan 409.6
- Sanford & Son 409.55
- Dam Boys Bowfishing 408.20
- Shesmadagain 393.2
- Hammer Down Bowfishing 385.75
- Team Ramrod 342.95
- SEMO Bowfishing 315.05
- Kill Zone 311.55
- Midnite Affliction 306.95
- Common Life 282.7
- Night Shift 281.95
- Toxic Bowfishing 257.4
- Muddy Flatz 255.50
- Bragging Rights 211.70
- Fatal Impact 124.65
- Night Crawlers 121.85
- Heavy Wake 103.55
- Braham Crackers 95.70
- D-9 Bowfishing Boyz 53.9
Here's the run-down on teams that brought fish to the scales for weigh-in...
A big thanks to all the teams that came out for Bowfishing Tour's Battle on the River at Paris Landing this weekend. It was a great time of catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones. More photos and full results are coming soon but here's a rundown on the top teams... 1st - Descalin' / 654.25# 2nd - Triple XXX / 620.95# 3rd - Quality Carp Management / 579.05# Big Fish - Night Prowler / 76.45# Small Fish - D9 Bowfishing Boyz Rough Slam - Sanford & Son
Bowfishing Tour's Battle on the River tournament at KY Lake just wrapped up. It's been a great weekend with lots of big fish shot. Tournament results and photos from the event will be posted soon. Here's a shot from Team Apex, one of our On-Board Battle Photo winners.
The TN State Shoot is in the books. A big congrats to Andy Cardwell, Matt McGuyer, and Kenzie Taylor on taking first place in the Big 20 Division with 556lbs. The win earned the team the 2015 TN State Champion title and a nice stash of cash to boot.
"This was my first tournament to win overall and to do really well in it," says Taylor. "I'm so proud of these two guys (Andy and Matt). This is one bowfishing trip I will not forget."
Bob Esper, Brian Little, Virgil Robinson, and Keith Roberts put a ton of fish in the boat and once again claimed the title in the Numbers Division with 536 fish (photo below).
Here's a look at the top 5 teams from Cajun Archery's Cajun 8 bowfishing tournament this past weekend in Indiana.
A lot of years have come and gone since the last time I went frog gigging. I remember riding my Huffy bike through the dark with a frog gig strapped to the handle bars as me and a couple of the boys in my neighborhood slipped onto the local country club in search of big bullfrogs. These virgin lakes and ponds had never seen young rednecks with frog gigs. The action was hot and heavy all summer long as we “hunted” under the cover of darkness for the big green croakers. When I got a call the other night from a friend to take our boys frog gigging, I jumped at the chance. But unlike my junior high days, several decades ago, this time I’d be pond hopping for frogs with my bow. With the busyness of life lately I’ve honestly not had the time to shoot as much as I like to through the summer months. I figured froggin’ with a bow would be the perfect solution to help tighten my skills on a hot summer night.
Light ‘em Up
We strapped head-lamps on our heads as we pulled up to the first pond of the night and made our way to the water’s edge. I was reminded really quickly that a good spotlight is a must. The same headlamps we use to light up the trail on the way in to the treestand is just not enough. You need a big, strong spotlight that enables you to take inventory of frogs from one end of the pond to the other. Good frog ponds also tend to house cotton-mouth snakes. A good light also helps you to watch where you step and avoid an encounter with an overly aggressive snake.
The fun in froggin’ comes with ample targets and shot opportunities at some of the smallest live targets you’ll encounter all year long. My first would-be shot opportunity of the night came when our 12-year-old “guide,” Davis Kinsey, walked right up on a big croaker just 5 steps away. In my scramble to grab an arrow from the quiver the fat frog made a quick retreat back into deeper water. I learned really quickly to be ready…and stay ready.
Between their tell-tale croak and eyes or white belly shining in the light, frogs are easy to locate. Within minutes we had slipped to within bow range of a number of frogs. The true challenge comes in making the shot on such a tiny target.
The Bow Advantage
The advantages of chasing frogs with a bow rather than a gig are many. I was able to make shots on frogs that were far out of reach of the guys with gigs. I could shoot from one side of the pond to the other, whereas the giggers would have to sneak from above and behind the frog, often spooking them before the deal was done. In most cases, even when I missed my target, the frog never budged, allowing for a quick follow-up shot. And to be honest, it was simply a lot more fun to chase frogs with a bow.
Gear for Frogs
I used my Mathews NO CAM HTR bow at the same draw weight I’ll be deer hunting with on this shoot. You could tame it down with a light poundage rig, but I like to shoot/practice with what I’ll be using for big game in the fall.
As previously mentioned, a good headlamp is a must. The guys I shot with used Nite Lite brand spotlights like coonhunters use. Nite Lite’s LED Classic is an incredibly bright light with plenty of options, from lower power settings for lighting the trail at your feet, all the way up to a super bright spotlight for picking out critters at extreme distances.
Another great option for lighting up frogs, coons, or any other critter you can legally put a light on is the Laser Torch Pro from Laser Torch Lights. These super bright lights come in a no-hassle unit that is very user friendly, and you’ll hardly know it’s there. Both companies feature really good battery life to keep you in the game for days…even weeks.
The crew at NAP offers their Apache Predator L.E.D. Stabilizer for night-time hunting opportunities. The 6″ stabilizer light is another great solution for a hands-free light source mounted directly to your bow’s stabilizer hole. This light is water resistant and features a remote activated on/off switch.