Bow Fishing for Grass Carp: Chasing Explosive Runs and Second Shots

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Grass Carp

  • bow
  • 35 lbs
  • 49
    body length (in)
  • public
    land type
  • David's avatar

    You should come bowfish the Hennepin Canal. There's spots where I can stand right above them. Sometimes I'll see about 12 in one area. No one really bowfishes the canal even though its legal.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @David sweet, grass carp or commons?

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  • David's avatar

    May not be that big but some are hitting 20lbs.

  • David's avatar

    When they spawn both banks are full of them jumping and thrashing.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @David nice, I thought about bringing a handful of cherry tomatoes and zucchini chunks and seeing if I could get one on the rod and reel but decided to make it a bowfishing only kinda day

  • Lisa's avatar

    Niceeeee, Kaleb!! 🤜🏼🤛🏼 Sounds cool! The carp that are "trapped" in this small area of water are spooky, naturally. So every time I head there, I too stand back at a distance and toss the fish food in. I like to see them, but once they see me, game over.

  • Joe's avatar

    You have way too much fun in the outdoors! How do you have a job and family yet manage all this time to fish and hunt!?! Keep getting it man! God bless you and your family! Awesome harvest!

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Lisa yeah, I'm not sure why critters so big are so spooky as I'm sure there's not much going after them in nature once they are that big. I guess they haven't forgotten being a minnow.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Joe man I've been with my wife since I was 16. She found out long ago its what I live for and up until we had our first boy she was right there with me. And in the next couple years we'll all be at it together when he's big enough to go. I make sure to do anything she ever wants to and get her whatever she wants. I mean for the most part I just get a few hours on the weekend anymore, but I tend to capitalize on the opportunity, some call it luck😉🤣

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  • Joe's avatar

    @Appalachian I 100% get it. I used to only fish and I’d spend 2-7 days a week doing it. Now I only fish a few times a month and it’s become more of a “when my kids want to do it” event. I try and keep it fun for them.

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  • William's avatar

    Way go bud 👊

  • Alexis's avatar

    Incredible! 💯

  • Allan's avatar

    Nice grassie.

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Just an apex predator participating in his local ecology. Ex backcountry hiking trail builder turned Environmental Scientist. Schooled in Conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Pretty much plumb eat up with it.

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