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September 01, 2017

BOWFISHING ON A BUDGET: Part III of IV ~ Rigging an Arrow ~ Plus 'Switch-Out' Extension-Connections

by Bob Banfelder

Continuing from last month, we move on to the Muzzy Classic 1020-CSS "Impale A Scale" Bowfish Arrow (overall length 34-inches inclusive of knock and 2½-inch Carp Point with Trocar Tip), which is a basic white 5/16-inch diameter shaft that boasts a reversible quick-release stainless steel Cam-Lock barb and an AMS safety slide. The arrow is designed to penetrate through tough-skinned fish. The barb reverses with two quick turns of the tip for easy fish removal. Shown below is the arrow shaft with green fly line attached [for illustration purposes only] so as to clearly depict the configuration of the laced loop wrapped around the top of the AMS Safety Slide, as well as the loop to connect line from arrow to reel.

Muzzy arrow shaft with line wrapped atop of AMS Safety Slide.

Muzzy arrowhead: Trocar tip & barb

There are several ways to tie line to the AMS safety slide. One is to first pull several feet of line from the reel with which to work. Form a 6-inch loop and tie a double overhand knot (surgeons loop). From the top of the slide (side marked AMS), insert the loop down through either of the holes then up into the other hole. You'll note how neatly the double-laced line lies within the groove. Now comes the ostensibly tricky part; perhaps a bit difficult to follow here upon the printed page; easier to follow when video-taped. But not to worry, for the YouTube web page link with Mathew Shilling of AMS will help guide you through it: Mathew will demonstrate two ways to tie the line to the safety slide.

I prefer Mathew's second method; however, you'll still insert the loop down through either of the holes from the top of the slide (side marked AMS ~ not the bottom of the slide as Mathew does) then up into the other hole as before. This way, the line still lays neatly in the groove. After you've run the loop through the safety slide, pass the loop over the nock (rear) of the arrow, then run the slide all the way forward and over the head of the arrow (point and barb). Run the slide back up to the shock pad, pull tight, and you should have a perfect double-laced line secured within the groove of the safety slide. To remove the line, grab the loop's forward strand (facing the arrowhead) then run it down and over the head (point and barb), back up to shock pad then back over the knock. Pull, and the line will come free from the arrow.

Of my own design for quickly switching out arrows are two 5-inch loop-to-loop connections of 150-lb. test Spectra Line, joined together to form a handshake knot, no different than joining the loop at the end of a flyline to the loop of a leader. I then loop on a barrel swivel attached to a Tactical Anglers (quick release) Power Clip, which comes in four sizes. The other end of the clip gets tied to the line from the reel by employing a clinch knot. Good to go.

Loop-to-loop handshake knot, barrel swivel, Tactical Angler (quick release) Power Clip.

Tactical Anglers Power Clips are made from thick stainless steel wire, beefier than the standard round-ended clips with which you may be familiar. Also, these Power Clips are designed to be relatively pointed at both ends rather than rounded, and for two good reasons. They keep knots properly seated; barrel swivels better positioned. A full description of these fantastic quick-release clips are covered in two articles that I wrote for Nor'east Saltwater: December 1st, 2016, titled HOLIDAY HAPPINESS ~ Great Gift Ideas for Boaters & Anglers ~ Part 1. Also, February 02, 2017, titled SPOON-FEEDING PIKE AND BASS ~ Savvy Rigging Requirements for Spoons ~ Part 2.

Top to bottom: Muzzy arrow shaft, AMS safety slide, shock pad, ‘switch-out' connection extentions. Arrow ‘switch-out' extension-connection with loop-to-loop handshake knot, barrel swivel, Tactical Angler (quick release) Power Clip, to which line from reel is to be connected to opposite end of clip via an Improved Clinch Knot.

When tied properly, you'll note how neatly the double-laced line lies and will stay within the groove of the safety slide. To untie, push the knotted (burnt and sealed) ends of the handshake loop together, up and over the barrel swivel and clip in order to quickly switch out arrows.

Bottom of AMS double-laced safety slide, loop-to-loop arrow extension connection, barrel swivel, Tactical Angler (quick release) Power Clip.

Arrow ‘Switch-Out' extension-connection loops, barrel swivel, and Tactical Angler (quick release) Power Clip ~ all wrapped and secured to AMS safety slide via a small plastic cable tie for easy transportation.

Complete bowfishing setup: Muzzy Addict recurve bow; bracketed Muzzy model #1069 XD Pro bowfishing spin-cast style reel; Muzzy Mantis arrow rest; Muzzy finger guards; Muzzy Classic "Impale A Scale" fiberglass arrow with safety slide; bow stringer—good to go.

Bowfishing is a blast. It can either be done by walking the shoreline or slowly meandering along a body of water in a boat. Tomorrow we'll take a close look at a couple of small boats that lend themselves well not only to bowfishing, but to crabbing, clamming, and light-duty inshore fishing. Additionally, we'll move along a lazy river in search of carp before concluding part four of BOWFISHING ON A BUDGET.

Stay tuned.

Bob Banfelder

Crime-Thriller Novelist & Outdoors Writer

Member: Outdoor Writers Association of America
New York State Outdoor Writers Association
Long Island Outdoor Communicators Network

Cablevision TV Host: Special Interests with Robert Banfelder & Donna Derasmo

Recent recipient of Who's Who in America Lifetime Achievement Award (August 9, 2017)

Bi-monthly contributor to Nor'east Saltwater ~ presented on the 1st & 2nd of every month.

Several of My Crime-Thriller Novels Incorporate The Great Outdoors

Top Row ~ Left to Right:

The Richard Geist Trilogy
Dicky, Richard, and I
The Signing
The Triumvirate

The Justin Barnes Four-Book Series
The Author
The Teacher
The Good Samaritans

Middle Row:
Trace Evidence – inspired by the Robert Shulman serial killer trial in Riverhead, N.Y.

Battered – based on the true story of an abused woman who murdered her husband; also, her subsequent trial and experiences in prison

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The Fishing Smart Anywhere Handbook for Salt Water & Fresh Water

The North American Small & Big Game Hunting Smart Handbook: Bonus Feature: Hunting Africa's & Australia's Most Dangerous Game

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