Our trips begin with a short lesson to familiarize our clients with the important safety aspects of our sport, including the archery equipment we use and the
kinds of fish we may encounter. Our lights are very powerful and allow us to see in a wide arc around the front and sides of the boat.
You can expect to see an amazing amount of sea life including stingrays, cow nose rays, flounder, sheepshead, mullet, redfish, speckled trout, crabs, needlefish, small sharks, and numerous species of baitfish. Very often we see dolphins and, depending on our location, sea turtles.
Our lights provide plenty of light to snap pictures of the sea life in the water so don't forget the camera! In fact, some of our customers opt not to harvest any fish at all and choose to take home only pictures; and that's ok too! The front deck of
our boat is large enough to accommodate several people at a time so everyone can get a great view.
The majority of our shots are at rays; either stingrays or cow nose rays. We also get shots at mullet, sheepshead, black drum, flounder, needlefish, and gar. Most of the rays we shoot are able to be released unharmed after a quick photo session with the successful archer. We practice "catch and release" with our rays because, in short, we care about the future of our sport. Some bow fishermen along the Gulf Coast take pride in filling the beach with dead rays after a trip in order to prove they can. We know we can and don't need confirmation. We refuse to be part of this senseless slaughtering of our rays and take great care to release every one possible.
Shooting and releasing rays is possible because of their body structure. All ray species have large wing areas with no vital organs in them and have tough hide and cartilage systems that are resilient; allowing them to absorb injury well. Most often; the rays we release go right back to feeding along the bottom, just like we found them!
Although we release the vast majority of the rays we shoot; rays are edible and we will be glad to keep and clean a few for your group to try. All of the other species we shoot at are excellent table fare and our Captains are happy to clean any fish you harvest.
Our trips usually last 4 hours but if you'd
like, longer trips can be arranged. We usually begin at dark by meeting at one of several local boat ramps selected by our Captains according to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of our trip. One of our Captains will contact you the day of your trip to instruct you on what boat ramp your trip will depart
from. While most trips start at dark fall your trip can begin at whatever time is best for your group. If you'd like to go out for supper before your trip our Captains will be glad to start your trip after your meal is done; even if it's a few hours after dark. Also, if your vacation rental is on the water it may be possible to start your trip from there rather than a boat ramp.
Captain Josh and Captain Hunter are committed to making sure your trip is exactly what you hope it will be so if you have any special needs or desires be sure to ask; more often than not they can be accommodated.
Due to the visual nature of our trips; they are wonderful for children. Even children too young to use archery equipment love seeing the vast amounts of marine life we encounter. Our bay systems are the largest aquariums in the world!
After your trip is over our Captains will clean and prepare your catch for the table and can even offer advice on how to best
prepare your fresh sea food!