Bowfishing reel ??

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Bowfishing reel ??

Postby Songololo » Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:09 am

I am looking for a decent quality bowfishing reel - I think Muzzy make a good one ?? I dont want the Bohning reel.
Please dont reply with names of Bowshops that I can try as I have phoned around already. I have placed orders with 2 but have now waited for a few months.
Only want to know if there is one on the shelf somewhere that you have seen.

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Postby Sniper » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:25 pm

Songololo,

You can always modify a stableizer for you bow by taking an old rod's bottom part(one of those cheapies for the kids) and fix / modify as a stableizer. Use then one of your standard fishing reels as the reel by attaching it to the new rod mod. You can also break off the metal eye ring wire rod off your wifes Elna to gide the line to the arrow path from the reel. Works great!
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Postby impact » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:33 am

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Postby Guardian » Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:53 pm

Songololo,
If you can't modify a reelseat on your stabiliser fitting in front of your bow, you can get one from PE Bowhunter bowshop in PE.
Call Johan at 0413735016 or 082652994 for a bowfishing reelseat.
I suggest you buy a closed face reel from a fishing shop. There are various quality reels. The Zebco is not too bad, and the Abu is of highest quality.
When you get a pushbutton closed face reel, also get some braided fishing line (at least 30lb breaking strain).
If you can buy the line per meter (it's about R 1 per meter), only buy about 30 meters of line and put it on top of some cheaper nylon line.
Just make sure the spool of the reel is filled to the rim, because the friction of the line is high over the lip of the spool when shot.
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Postby Guardian » Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:53 pm

Yes it will word just fine.
Just make sure the bail arm is open and the reel is posisioned out of the way.
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Postby Guardian » Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:07 am

Sorry Fucius,
A bail arm is the half round wire arm you flip over to let the line come off the spool when you cast, or shoot.
We have a few guys using coffee grinders (open face spinning reels) for bowfishing and they work fine, as long as the line stays in the front of the rest.
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Postby INGOZI » Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:36 am

For ease of use the AMS kits with the retriever, arrows and rest is your best bet. Should you have your heart set on a stabilizer mounted rig I would advise you to buy the Muzzy reel seat as well as the new Muzzy Bowfishing reel. It was designed and built for bowfishing as opposed to regular closed faced reels. The gears and brakes are larger on the Muzzy Reel.

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Postby Merv » Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:14 am

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Do you know any shops stocking the AMS kit?
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Postby INGOZI » Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:58 pm

The local guys are unfortunately slow in stocking bowfishing equipment, the best bet is to order it locally at a reputable dealer or buy it from an overseas bow equipment shop.
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Postby Andre van Tonder » Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:42 pm

Ek het my AMS katrol by Herman van HB Archery gekoop en weet dat The Bowshop ook gahad het.

Niks te doen met die handelaar nie, maar my katrol se "retriever" wiel was nie konsentries nie en het die ding 'n nagmerrie gemaak om in te katrol ... wou dit na my tweede visskiet "trip" in die dam gooi.

Ek het my frustrasie per e-pos aan die mense van AMS deurgegee en twee weke later het 'n nuwe wielletjie in die pos aangekom. Die werk die katrol soos 'n droom
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Postby robass » Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:19 pm

Fucius , just remember to open the "bail arm" of your coffee grinder reel before you shoot that arrow , otherwise you will be changing your name to "Unicorn"
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Re: Bowfishing reel ??

Postby THE UNDERTAKER » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:17 pm

A reel is just for small fish if you shoot a 18 kg grascarp here in the vaal river i would like to see a person reel it in.
Buy a chap plastic one just to keep your line on reeling is normaly done by hand.
Those reel kits is ade expensive
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Re: Bowfishing reel ??

Postby Geno » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:06 pm

I use 3 reels.

1 - Cajun handreel
2 - Zebco 808 with 200lb Fastflite
3 - AMS Retriever

Easiest to use is the AMS
Strongest for big fish is the Zebco
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