How to choosing a compound bow

The most important thing in choosing a bow is to make sure it is a proper fit for you. Don’t borrow a bow from a friend or family member that doesn’t fit!  This will cause inconsistent shooting and you will become frustrated and not enjoy the best bow hunting success you desire.  You want to be able to hit what you aim at!  A proper fit is essential to success.

Best Tips for choosing a bow to fit you and your needs.

1.Draw length: Draw length is the measure of the arrow when you are pulling an arrow back. If at all possible, go to a pro shop and have them custom fit your draw length.  It will save time and lots of frustration in the long run.
2.Bow Poundage:  Bow poundage is related to how hard the bow is to draw, and how far and fast an arrow flies. You can have the highest poundage you want, but if you can’t draw the bow, you can’t fire an arrow.  A beginning shooter should start with lower poundage and as you get comfortable, you can increase it. Too much draw weight will cause bad form and fatigue and will hurt accuracy.
3.Choosing arrows: Always choose high quality arrows whether they be wood, carbon, or aluminum. Which is best?  I have used aluminum arrows for years with great success.  Recently, I have switched to carbon arrows. the carbon arrows are very durable, tough, and provide great accuracy and speed. I prefer carbon express or goldtip shafts.  You need to be mindful of arrow weight. You need at least 8 grains of arrow weight for each one pound of bow weight.  ex:  if shooting 60lb of draw weight, your arrow weight should be 420 grains including the tip and fletching.  TIP:  Heavier arrows = quieter bow and better control.  Lighter arrows = more speed and a flatter trajectory.
4.Choosing an arrow rest: There are hundreds of great arrow rest.  Flipper rent, fall away, prong rests, etc.  I recommend the Bododdle and have used them for 20 years.  It is a personal choice and one that you will become easier to make the more you shoot.
5.Release or Fingers: First, I have seen great bow hunters that were finger shooters.  However, I have increased my accuracy by tenfold using a mechanical release.  I prefer the Winn Free Flight Caliper release, but Scott makes great releases too.  Try more than one.  Some have partial gloves, some are full gloved.  Choose what suits your preference for hand comfort.
5.Broadheads:  Fixed or Mechanical?  I prefer fixed blade broadheads, as opposed to the expanding type.  100gr fly good, kill good, and drop the target easily.  I use Thunderhead and/or Muzzy Broadheads.  I have killed deer, exotic rams, javelina, whitetail, bobcats, turkeys, and fox all with the 100 gr broadhead.  Being so satisfied, I have not tested nor used the expanding broadhead.


Early Spring Bass Fishing

With the warmer temperatures will soon blanket the northern states grow in early spring some excellent fishing opportunities. Often in the early spring you can load your boat with a bass if you know where to find fish and what bait to fish once you find them. There are several techniques you can use to catch fish is lethargic in the early spring months only after the ice disappears from your favorite lakes.

One of the first things you should do is to look for fish in the spring is to look for warm water in the area you are fishing lakes. One of the easiest ways to determine this simply by looking up and seeing where the sun is hitting the bank or use a thermometer to determine where the warm water. There are several locations that seem bass gather in the early spring months, including a rocky banks, cliffs, flat, and primary and secondary points.

Steep banks such as rocky cliffs will continue to heat better than other types of structures and easy fishing. Fish will hold off this rocky bluff or survive against the stone. There are several techniques that can be used to fish these locations, but it seems the best technique is to suspend a jerk bait fish, spoonbills, and crankbaits. To suspend the bait fish is to use a jerk, jerk, pause sweeping technique or techniques then pause. I’ve found that shit, shit, stop technique works better on days where the sun and warming water temperatures and then stops sweeping technique works well when the weather is less favorable. You can also try to stop the bait for a long time these fish will often sit and watch the temptation to postpone a long period of time before deciding to attack. You can pause for 30 seconds or short as 2 seconds, depending on how aggressive the fish. There are two primary ways to position your boat when fishing in waters bluff, you can position your boat right out of the cliff and then threw to a bank or bank casting parallel along the cliffs. If the fish then the bank holding the bank seems to work best in parallel.

Flat with a large timber is also an excellent place to look for fish in the early months of spring woodland flat since the heat will continue to attract baitfish and flats in the spring. The best flats are people who receive sunlight during the day. Fisheries flat in the spring can be fantastic if the fish move up to feed and they can easily be caught with a jerk bait, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic jerk bait. Fish that can be found in the flat that eating in active baitfish, and will often hit the bait to move more quickly. When fishing a spinnerbait in the flat be sure to see every part of the structure that you can. This will often trigger a reaction strike from bass that was lying on the log, stump or rock. When the jerk bait fishing in a flat with a jerk, jerk, pause to imitate wounded baitfish techniques.

The main points and Secondary Points are also places that are good for finding bass in the early spring months. Fish will move to that location to feed on the baitfish are attracted to the points. Fish are generally suspended from these locations and can be caught with bait and spinnerbaits suspending jerk. Points with several types of structures such as trees, stump, boulder, or brush piles are good places to load your boat with a bass in the spring. Fishing can be fast and furious at this point in the spring due to randomly move to the point baitfish that trigger bass to feed at once. If you hit a point of holding the bass you can easily catch the bag to win the tournament very quickly.

In summary, fishing in early spring can be very useful and can also be very difficult to find fish. In the early months of spring cold and warm fronts moving barometer very organized and can make it difficult to fish at least. However, if you can get on the lake when there is still a warm front and use the techniques mentioned above you are sure to have a very good day on the water.