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Bow Fishing Adventure Information

Your adventure begins as soon as you arrive at our beautiful lodge.

Only 3 persons per trip. This is for maximum shooting allowances around the boat.

Our bow fishing tours generally are conducted on the Brazos & Nolan Rivers, however we can and do take clients to Possum Kingdom, The Red River, and a few other rivers and lakes here in Texas.

Rivers or Lakes beside the Brazos & the Nolan River will accrue additional charges due to their distances away from us and the ever increasing cost of fuel expenses to travel with the truck, trailer, & boats to the farther distances.

We do not charge for persons who are not actually participating in the bow fishing, however, please consider that this person must be counted when considering the limitations on the maximum number of persons allowed on the boat per trip. (example: Wife comes along with husband = 2 persons even though wife isn't going to bowfish, but she is along to take pictures.) Maximum number of person on boat besides Captain/Guide is 3. (Price for the bowfishing is per the person(s) fishing)

Charter tours are a minimum 4 hours once we are actively in the water. Time to and from the launching is not included here. Night trips are the best and are what we are offering at this time.

We are currently offering our Bow-Fishing Adventurez beginning May 25th thru October 15th.

We supply all the bowfishing equipment but if you wish to bring your own, please feel free to do so.

Pricing is $600.00 for 3 persons.  We have a 3 person Maximum limit.

A few good bowfishing friends together can make the trip much more cost effective:
  • $600.00 for 1 person
  • $300.00 each for 2 persons
  • $200.00 each for 3 persons
We require a deposit of 50% to hold your Bowfishing Adventurez. Deposits are non-refundable within 30 days of your bowfishing trip.

We can supply/provide food and shuttle services for our out of town guests for additional fees. This is your adventure, let us make it the best it can be for you.

Payment Options

We accept the following:
Visa or MasterCard

Trip can be prepaid in full
50% deposit with remaining balance due upon arrival at site

What You Need To Know & What You Need To Have

You Will Need A Texas Fishing License or A Non-Resident Fishing License!

These can be obtained from any Academy Sporting Store, Wal-Mart, and most HEB Grocery Stores. We will help you to obtain your license if you are an out of state client.

We have both Right & Left handed bows but you can bring your own bow & arrows if you prefer.

You will be shooting from the forward deck of a well lit, specifically, built airboat.

Beer is permitted so long as everyone is age 21 and up!

We do offer lodging at our beautiful on-site Lodge, However there are several area Hotels, Motels, and other Cottage Rental facilities for you choose from.
Many out of state clients book 2 to 5 day/night trips and instate clients book 1 to 2 day/night trips with many booking trips for later in the year or their next year's trip.

Please feel free to bring your choice of snacks and drinks. 4 to 8 hours on the water, slinging arrows will work up a thirst and an appetite.

** PLEASE NOTE - ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED **

***  WE TAKE CARE OF ALL FISH DISPOSAL  ***

Types of Fish You Can Expect to Shoot

(taken from the TP&W website for your convenience and personal information)

Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula)  

OTHER NAMES

Gator Gar

DESCRIPTION

Gars are easily distinguished from other freshwater species by their long, slender, cylindrical bodies, their long snouts, and the fact that they are equipped with diamond-shaped interlocking (ganoid) scales. Additionally, the dorsal and anal fins are placed well back on the body, and nearly opposite each other. The tail fin is rounded. Alligator gar may be distinguished from other gars by the presence of two rows of large teeth on either side of the upper jaw in large young and adults. Coloration is generally brown or olive above, and lighter underneath. The species name spatula is Latin for "spoon", referring to the creature's broad snout.

LIFE HISTORY

Little is known about the biology of this huge fish. Alligator gar are usually found in slow sluggish waters, although running water seems to be necessary for spawning. They appear to spawn in the spring beginning sometime in May. Eggs are deposited in shallow water. Young fish may consume insects. Adults feed primarily on fish, but will also take waterfowl. This species is able to tolerate greater salinities that other gar species and feeds heavily on marine catfish when they are available.

DISTRIBUTION

Alligator gar are present in the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain from the Econfina River in west Florida west and south to Veracruz, Mexico. The species range extends north in the Mississippi River basin to the lower reaches of the Missouri and Ohio rivers. An isolated population also occurs in Nicaragua. In Texas, alligator gar may be found in coastal rivers and streams from the Red River west to the Rio Grande.

OTHER

Gar have traditionally been considered rough fish by the majority of anglers. However, for a relatively few mavericks gar fishing may be quite an exciting and enjoyable sport. In Texas, alligator gar up to 279 pounds have been captured by rod and reel anglers, and over 300 pounds by trotliners. In the Southeastern part of the state, gar are commonly accepted as a fine food fish. Alligator gar are often taken by by bowfishers or by anglers using nylon threads, rather than hooks, to entangle the fish's many sharp teeth.

Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus) 

OTHER NAMES

Needlenose Gar, Billfish, Billy Gar

DESCRIPTION

Lepisosteus is Greek, meaning "bony scale", and osseus is Latin, meaning "of bone." Longnose gar are distinguished from other gar species found in Texas by the long snout whose length is at least 10 times the minimum width.

LIFE HISTORY

Spawning activity occurs as early as April, in shallow riffle areas. Females, typically the larger sex, may be accompanied by one or many males. Although nests are not prepared, gravel is swept somewhat by the spawning action itself. Each female may deposit a portion of her eggs at several different locations. The adhesive eggs are mixed in the gravel, hatching in six to eight days. Yolk-sac fry have an adhesive disc on their snouts by which they attach themselves to submerged objects until the yolk sac is absorbed. Fry feed primarily on insect larvae and small crustaceans such as water fleas. Fish appear in the diet very early.

HABITAT

Longnose gar are typically associated with backwaters, low inflow pools and moderately clear streams. They often do very well in man-made impoundments.

DISTRIBUTION

Longnose gar range widely throughout the eastern US and north into southern Quebec. The species is especially common in the Mississippi River drainage and in the Carolinas. It may be found as far south and west as the Rio Grande drainage in Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Longnose gar appear in most Texas rivers.

OTHER

Longnose gar may be captured by entangling the teeth in nylon threads, or by bowfishing. In Texas, specimens in excess of 80 pounds have been landed using a bow and arrow.

Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)  

OTHER NAMES

German Carp, European Carp

DESCRIPTION

Cyprinus is Greek, and carpio is Latin; both words mean "carp." The common carp is a heavy-bodied minnow with barbels on either side of the upper jaw. Typically, color varies from brassy green or yellow, to golden brown, or even silvery. The belly is usually yellowish-white. The dorsal fin with 17-21 rays, and the anal fin both have a heavy toothed spine. Individuals 12-25 inches in length and weighing up to 8-10 pounds are common, although they can grow much larger. Common carp may live in excess of 47 years and weigh over 75 pounds. The all-tackle world record was landed in 1987 from Lac de St. Cassien, France, and weighed in at 75 pounds 11 ounces.

LIFE HISTORY

Although carp are generally considered a nuisance by North American anglers, they are highly prized as sportfish in Europe, as they are often excellent fighters. A growing number of anglers in the US are becoming interested in carp as a sportfish. Although flavor varies with the quality of the water from which fish were captured, their sheer abundance has made them an important food fish in some areas.

DISTRIBUTION

Common carp are native to temperate portions of Europe and Asia. They were first introduced into North America in 1877. At that time they were considered so valuable that the precious brood stock was fenced and guarded. Since that time countless introductions both intentional and unintentional have allowed Cyprinus carpio to become one of the most widely distributed fish species in North America, ranging from central Canada to central Mexico, and from coast to coast. In Texas, common carp are ubiquitous.

OTHER

Although carp are generally considered a nuisance by North American anglers, they are highly prized as sportfish in Europe, as they are often excellent fighters. A growing number of anglers in the US are becoming interested in carp as a sportfish. Although flavor varies with the quality of the water from which fish were captured, their sheer abundance has made them an important food fish in some areas. The Texas rod-and-reel record is currently 43.13 pounds. The North American record exceeds 57 pounds.

Black Buffalo (Ictiobus niger)  

OTHER NAMES

Mongrel Buffalo, Current Buffalo

DESCRIPTION


Black buffalo resembles its cousin, the bigmouth buffalo, but has a smaller, nearly horizontal mouth and thicker lips. The front of the upper lip lies well below the lower margin of the eye, and the upper jaw is as long or longer than the eye's diameter. The body of a black buffalo is typically thicker than that of a smallmouth buffalo, but not as deep. Coloring is similar to the bigmouth buffalo, but usually a little darker. Ictiobus is Greek for "bull fish", while niger is Latin for "dark" or "black.

LIFE HISTORY

Like other buffalo species, the black buffalo appears to spawn in shallow water during spring. This species occurs more often in strong currents, which gives rise to its common name, "current buffalo." Adults may reach weights of 50 pounds.

DISTRIBUTION

The black buffalo occurs throughout the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and adjacent river basins. In Texas, scattered specimens have been found in the Rio Grande, Colorado, Brazos, Sabine, and Red River basins.

OTHER

Buffalo will sometimes take dough baits made with cottonseed meal, and when hooked, provide exceptional sport. Black buffalo are infrequently caught in Texas.

Smallmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus)  

DESCRIPTION

Ictiobus and bubalus are both Greek words meaning "bull fish" and "buffalo", respectively. The back and sides are light brown or otherwise dark with a coppery or greenish tent. The belly is pale yellow to white. Smallmouth buffalo scales are large, and the species sometimes be confused with common carp by the novice. However, buffalo lack the barbels of carp. Smallmouth buffalo, as opposed to bigmouth buffalo, have a distinctive sucker-type mouth, oriented downward.

LIFE HISTORY

Although the life history of smallmouth buffalo is not well understood, spawning seems to occur in the spring when water temperatures reach 60-65°F. Eggs are broadcast over weeds and mud bottom, hatching in one to two weeks. This species is primarily bottom feeding which is why insect larvae, algae, detritus, and sand often make up significant portions of the fishes' gut contents.

DISTRIBUTION

The native range of the smallmouth buffalo includes larger tributaries of the Mississippi River from Montana east to Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The species is also found in Gulf slope drainages from Alabama to the Rio Grande River drainage. In Texas, smallmouth buffalo are found in most large streams, rivers, and reservoirs exclusive of the Panhandle.

OTHER

Although some anglers consider smallmouth buffalo to be a rough fish, in many areas the species is highly prized. Specimens in excess of 82 pounds have been landed by rod and reel anglers, whereas the trotline record is 97 pounds in Texas. Buffalo will sometimes take doughballs made with cottonseed meal, and when hooked provide exceptional sport. Many people may be unaware that smallmouth buffalo is quite a food fish. It is the number one species sold by commercial freshwater fishermen.
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