What equipment do I need to get started in Bowfishing?

You will need some basic equipment: a bow, reel (plus a reel seat for spin cast-style reels), bowfishing line, bowfishing rest and a fishing arrow. We offer a complete bowfishing kit to outfit your bow with everything you need to get started: https://www.feradyne.com/xtreme-duty-spincast-style-bowfishing-kit-w-extended-hood/

What bow do I need for Bowfishing & how much weight should I be pulling?

Recurves, compounds, longbows, and crossbows are all used successfully for bowfishing and can be setup to do so. When using conventional bows we do recommend using a lighter draw weight, normally around 40-50 lbs is more than enough to shoot just about any fish out there.

What is better for bowfishing a Spincast Style Reel or a Bottle Style Reel?

Bottle reels are generally a little easier to use and set up on the bow, however they do not have a drag system and fish must be pulled in by hand. This causes them to be much slower in retrieving fish and/or arrows.

Spin cast reels work extremely well for most fish. They can be shot and retrieved very quickly as they have a drag system, which allows the fish to be brought in with the reel. They also shoot extremely fast and are capable of excellent arrow flight. They can be used with or without safety or bottle slide systems on the arrow.

What do I need to shoot an Alligator with my bow or crossbow?

Muzzy offers complete kits to outfit any bow to shoot alligators. You will need a very heavy line, we use our 600# braided spectra line for this, an arrow with a detachable head system so the line is tied directly to the arrow point and the head can detach and turn sideways under the hide eliminating any pull outs and a float system as well so the line can come completely off the reel and bow and not be attached to anything but the buoy which can be tracked and recovered to harvest the alligator. Our Gator Getter Kit includes everything required to set up a bow or crossbow for a gator hunt. We also have a water activated LED that can be attached to the buoy so it can be tracked at night even if it is pulled under the surface of the water.

When should I use the Big Fish Point?

The Big fish point is designed to add more holding power to our standard points when shooting very large, oversized, but soft fleshed fish and works exceptionally well with most of the Asian carp species and big buffalo. These fish are extremely powerful and heavy but have relatively soft flesh which requires more holding power and finesse with the equipment used to land them.

What are the advantages of shooting Carbon Bowfishing Arrows vs Fiberglass Bowfishing Arrows?

Although the total arrow weight is comparable, carbon shafts recover and stabilize much quicker coming off the bow.  Carbon arrows are generally more precise in shaft straightness, resulting in more accurate, consistent shots and better results when shooting in deeper water. They are also extremely durable and great for tough fish and rough conditions. View our carbon arrows here: https://www.feradyne.com/lighted-carbon-composite-fish-arrow/

Fiberglass arrows are hard to beat for durability and price, and they do work well in most conditions. View our fiberglass arrows here: https://www.feradyne.com/muzzy-classic-white-fish-arrow/

Are there sight mounting holes on the Muzzy Addict Recurve bow so I can attach a pro retriever?


My reel clicks and doesn't reel in properly. What do I do?

It sounds like you may have a broken pickup pin. In our Muzzy spin cast reels, the pickup pin is designed to break when there is too much stress on your line. This small piece breaks to prevent any damage or stripping out of the gears in the reel. In the future, you will want to be sure to correctly set your drag to avoid this issue. You can order a replacement pickup pin (item #XD5) through us directly or through any number of bowfishing retailers.

For help changing your pickup pin assembly, view this video.

If I don't use a safety slide on my arrows, where do I attach the line?

Thread the line through the hole drilled through the arrow shaft near the nock.

How do I attach the line to my arrows?

If you are using a bottle reel with safety slide, please view the video below.

If you are using a spin cast reel, please view the image below.

How do I change strings and/or cables on the LV-X Bowfishing bow?

NOTE: This bow should never be put in a press!

Back the limb bolts (1 in the diagram below) out evenly until tension has been taken off the string; this means if you loosen the bolt on the top limb 12 turns, you must loosen the bolt on the bottom limb 12 turns.  Be careful not to back the bolts out too far.  Don’t allow the threads of the bolts to disappear from the indicator window beneath the limbs (2).

Once you have relieved enough tension, brace the bow so the bottom limb is on the floor and secured between your feet, then steadily press down on the top outboard limb until you can remove the string from the top string anchor point.

How do I adjust the draw length on the Vice Bowfishing bow?

This bow has 12 draw length adjustment holes. You can adjust the draw length freely according to your arm span based on the chart below. When adjusting draw length, rst loosen the lock screw in the middle of the cam, remove the draw length screw completely. Next turn the module to the desired draw length hole then replace the draw length screw. Place blue lock tight on screws to prevent them from vibrating loose, then tighten both screws snug.

View Muzzy Vice Draw Length Chart

I bought the wrong product. Can I return or exchange it?
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How can I order your products internationally?

Please call 1-800-282-4868 or fill out the contact form to request an international shipping quote.

Can you ship to a PO Box?

No, we require a physical mailing address for shipping.


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