By Bill Davis
Last night, I went freshwater bowfishing in a canal outside of the Everglades with my personally designed laser lite crossbow. It is far more accurate than either my compound or recurve rigs which is a sorry statement regarding my skill as an archer.
These are Tilapia and Mayan Cichlids which are both invasive and very good to eat. There is a single gar which is now de-shelled and ready to broil like lobster and serve w/ drawn butter sauce.
I was tipped by an FWC officer that the perpendicular canals that feed through submerged culverts are full of bigger fish and only accessible by dragging a canoe across from the main channel. Give me a couple weeks to outfit Santiago with night lights, trolling motor, and overland transport wheel. And, crossbow cocking station.
Might take a little more than two weeks. The alligators can wait… No, I’m not going to shoot them. They are protected. However, I am not.
My wife wants to take out a life insurance policy on my carcass.
Back up in Maryland.
The Wavewalk is down South.
We shot these photos from my Smoker Craft w/ nite lights.
Gar are very hard to clean but taste like a cross between alligator and lobster. Come to think of it, they look like that, too.
I think the new Wavewalk 700 will be a hot bow fishing combo as well as a super stable boat. I’m looking forward to some more night trips (between rain squalls) before heading south.
Living the dream!
Daddy Cat, Momma Mono-hull, & Baby Cat, family photo. Happy Father’s Day, Dudes.
Yesterday, I mounted my rod holders. Thanks Wavewalk, for providing the pilot placement starter holes. Since I was obliged to try them out, I took a run up to the discharge canal of the power plant on the Pax River.
The Wavewalk has been offishially stinkified with the scent of four Blue and four Channel Catfish. Now, it is a real fishing machine though the catches will get much better as the weather in the Chesapeake Region warms.
This was also the first day of Striped Bass trophy season but those fish are a couple weeks behind schedule. I did better than almost all the charter boats, numbers wise. And, for a fraction of the price!
I am using a Mother Ship concept which I will post about later.
Also, the 4′ 9″ Ugly Stik is a killer boat/kayak rod for most of our local and invasive species in the Chesapeake watershed. The second generation graphite series is nice but I’m kind of partial to the original fiberglass version. I bought the last one yesterday that the Tackle Box in Lexington Park had squirrelled away in the storage room.
Look for more and bigger fish to come. The season has just begun. And, I have not yet begun to cat-a-yak.
Photo Credit: Catfish Bill Davis
Sunday night the high tide was after dark but we had a nice east wind that brought the water in early so I launched for a sunset cruise to the flats. I found a couple of nice reds that came home with me for dinner. I got the last one just as the lights went out and had a nice paddle home in the moon light.
I got out again this morning for few more hours and the fish were on the flats. The water was calm as glass and no wind to speak of so conditions were perfect. It’s not too often it’s that nice for the floods this time of year. I missed number of them but did manage to get a couple of more before the water receded.
I finally got around to make a better standing platform for my seat. It’s a bit longer so I can move a bit better than with my shorter one.
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