Written By Angelo Bodetti on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
If you read the entry for Day 3 of "The Long Con" you see that a few Jacks showed up to eat during the daily feeding. This got me very excited because Bowfishing a large Jack is pretty much the reason I even started The Long Con experiment...
At first pass 3 very large Jacks shot by the feeding area incredibly fast. I had no chance to even draw the bow, let alone get a reasonable shot off.
Although I was very excited and waited patiently for their next pass.
After about 5 minutes one Jack came back on his how. He wasn't moving slow but not particularly fast either.
I drew my bow and took a shot.. BANG... Nailed it in the tail. The arrow went clean through and the had a very large Jack on the line!
Immediately the line started pulling out of the AMS Reel. Even though I had the trigger down, the Jack was far stronger than the tension in the line. I grabbed the line by hand and tried to pull it in, but even that was hard. I quickly wrapped the line around my hand as I tried to pull it in.
After a foot or two pulling it in, I have some slight rope burn on my hand and the Jack managed to rip off the line.
Below is a picture of what was on my line after the Jack worked his way off... Jack (pun intended) sh!t...
This was a very exciting and disappointing few minutes. This is now the second larger (I was able to get a smaller) Jack in 2 weeks that I shot and wasn't able to get on land. At this point I am not even sure if I could even shoot and get a larger Jack on shore without it working it's way off the arrow.
I will look into different arrows and see what I can find.
I show this Jack with my Cajun Sucker Punch Bow that I modified with an AMS Retriever Pro Reel. I use the standard Muzzy arrow.