If you really want to experience bowfishing, you’re going to need to know about the best recurve bows available!
Recurve bows can be a good choice for bowfishing. For one thing, there’s nothing complex about a recurve bow it is simply a stick and string. No moving parts, no special tools needed to re-string it or perform maintenance.
They are also usually quite a bit cheaper than compound bows, which makes them attractive to those who want to try bowfishing without breaking the bank. Recurve bows are very lightweight, usually no more than a couple of pounds. This makes them easy to hold for long periods of time without experiencing fatigue.
Since there are no cams on a recurve bow, they’re also great for snap shooting. Anyone who has been bowfishing can tell you that sometimes you need to be able to get a shot off quickly, and the constant draw weight of a recurve bow makes it easy to get a shot off with a moment’s notice.
This recurve bow has been set up for bowfishing with an AMS Retreiver Pro reel.
One drawback to recurve bows is that the draw weight is not adjustable like it is on a compound bow. If you have a 40lb recurve bow, your draw weight will always be 40lbs with no let-off, meaning you’ll be pulling back and holding the full draw weight of the bow until you release the string.
If you find yourself looking for a little more power from your traditional recurve, you’ll have to buy a new one with a heavier draw weight. If you have a take-down recurve, however, you may be able to purchase a new set of limbs instead of needing a whole new bow.
There are a few recurves designed for bowfishing on the market today, some which come in a ready-to-fish package if you so choose. Muzzy, which started out in the broadhead industry, has a recurve bow designed for bowfishing for about $200, bare-bow.
This recurve has a threaded hole on the front of the riser to allow for a bowfishing reel or spool to be easily installed, provided the reel sits on a reel seat and isn’t mounted directly to the riser.
If you’re looking for a simple and easy to use bowfishing setup, a recurve may be worth looking into.