When preparing for the third leg of the Campbell’s Outdoor Challenge, a Bowfishing event, I turned to the pros at AMS Bowfishing for help. I had never Bowfished in my history and needed to learn within a month’s time so I could compete on a national televised hunting competition. I had only one day with a professional guide to learn how to bowfish and how to win in a bowfishing competition. AMS Bowfishing set me up with a package that was unbeatable in the game of Bowfishing.
The AMS Fish Hawk bow weighs in at only 3.4 pounds, and being a small framed woman, that is beneficial on hunts that last from sundown to sun-up. The design enables the shooter to draw between the perfect 30-40 pound draw. The draw length of 15-30 inches allows anyone to snap-shoot, that along with the custom Whip-lash Cam design gives maximum arrow speed at minimum draw lengths, with no set draw stop. This bow literally shoots like a traditional bow with the speed and the force of a compound bow. Cost is about $250.00.
The AMS Retriever Pro Bow fishing reel is easy and reliable to use and with zero-drag it is virtually tangle free. One of the best features, aside from not worrying about tangles in my line and snap-back issues, the AMS retriever Pro is designed with a telescoping Clamp which allows for adjustments to smaller hands. Included is 35 yards of 130# Braided Dacron line. Cost generally runs between $80.00 and $90.00.
The AMS Wave rest provides stability and maximum arrow control. This set-up includes a spinning roller for additional arrow control and helps to reduce wear on the arrow shaft. Swing shooting is a breeze. Cost is $20.00 to $30.00.
The AMS Safety Slide is a must have for any one bowfishing. A rise in snap-back injuries demanded a better system for arrow safety. The Safety Slide keeps the line exactly where you need it prior to the release of the arrow, by the tip. When the arrow has hit the target the line remains at the rear of the shaft for the retrieve. In addition it is easy to install. Cost is about $15.00 and I would recommend owning more than one (and having a back up or two in your kit) and installing them on all your arrow set-ups.
You can purchase Combo kits directly through AMS Bowfishing on their website.
The lightness of the rig, the ease of the set-up and the relatively fool proof design were sellers on these products from the beginning for me but I also needed a product that I could pick up and learn with ease; that would be reliable in the field and need little to no repair; that would shoot with accuracy and would be slightly forgiving of my inexperience.
After shooting AMS through the Championship and ultimately winning the 4-event Circuit Challenge, I would not shoot any other product.