Post by ArcherAndy on Feb 25, 2012 17:20:25 GMT -5
This was my first carp with a bow a couple summers back when Shootnfish (Troy) took me out for my first bowfishing trip on his boat. It was a 10 1/2 lb common carp taken from Monroe Reservoir which is average for there. The biggest I have seen taken there was 18 lbs shot by Shootnfish (Troy).
Last Edit: Mar 1, 2012 20:35:10 GMT -5 by ArcherAndy
Post by ArcherAndy on Feb 25, 2012 17:24:45 GMT -5
Here are a couple of grass carp taken from a local 5 acre lake here in Brown County. The homeowner wanted to take them out of the lake due to their large size. The largest one so far weighed in at 43 lbs. I plan to continue the quest of removal this spring. There are several more this size still needing taken out. Shootnfish is helping me get these mammoths out of the lake. So far we have harvested 4 all weighting 30+ pounds. They start getting smart to you after they get shot at a few times. LOL!
Last Edit: Mar 1, 2012 20:41:23 GMT -5 by ArcherAndy
Post by ArcherAndy on Feb 25, 2012 17:30:29 GMT -5
Here was my largest Asian Bighead from the Ohio River last summer. It also weighed 43 lbs and required a secondary shot as well as a gaff to get this hog into the boat. These are very powerful fish and typically very spooky. Most of my bowfishing on the Ohio River is done under the darkness of night, however this Bighead surfaced a bit too close to my boat for his own good shortly after sun up and we managed to get off a shot. It was a great way to finish off a night of bowfishing on the river.
Last Edit: Feb 25, 2012 17:40:36 GMT -5 by ArcherAndy
I agree with you. Although I do not eat my carp, I compost them and use them as organic fertilizer for my 60' x 100' garden. The American Indians used fish as natural fertilizer to grow crops as well due to their nutritional value that they apply to the soil and into the plants as the fish decompose. My green beans flourish using carp compost. My wife and I pressure can our green beans and in the past two years we have canned around 230 quarts of fresh organically fertilized home grown green beans and about 50 pints of seasoned stewed tomatoes. I use it for other plants too like my pepper plants. With 12-12-12 fertilizer costing around $15 a bag, using carp compost is a much more economical. Troy (Shootnfish) has his garden soil looking almost black it is so rich, but he had been bowfishing longer than I have too. Carp compost will flat out make a garden grow like gangbusters.
Last Edit: Mar 1, 2012 20:43:47 GMT -5 by ArcherAndy
Shootnfish. Post up some pictures if you can. I have some pictures of you that I took, but I didn't want to post them without your permission. I think I emailed you all of my pictures too. Post away. Team Shootnfish is in the house ya'll !!!!!!!!
Sounds like a good use for the carp to me. Might give it a try in my garden this year if I get into some carp at all this summer. Not much better than fresh vegetables from the garden in the summer months. And the winter months for you since you can them too. Looking forward to more pictures from you soon.