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I am still new to bowfishing and see plenty of carp but the only ones I can seem to hit are the ones that are pretty much at the surface... so my question is how do I get the ones that are down about 6 feet...and even ones that are directly below me that are deeper I also seem to miss as well... I am fishing off of a bass boat if that makes any difference
 

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6' down is a tough shot for even a veteran shooter.
I seldom shoot that deep but I'd say I hit 1 or 2 for 10 when they are that far down. The best way to learn that is to take a 2 liter bottle and fill it full of sand. Tie a rope around the neck with a buoy on the other end so you can retrieve it. Put it in about 3' of water and shoot at it. If you miss, tighten your line but leave the arrow stuck in the bottom. Look down the string and notice how much it bends when it hits the water. That is from the diffraction of light when it hits the waters surface. Fish are actually closer to you than they appear. The geneal rule is about 4" for every foot down, but in varies. Now back to the 2 liter...odds are you missed a foot or more high. Wind your arrow up and aim lower and repeat untill you can hit the bottle 50% of the time. Them move to 6' of water and repeat. For this deep you will need to aim close to 2' low if not more. Practice makes perfect.
 
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6 foot down i dont even bother.lol unless its a big fish. The straight down shots can be the easiest and hardest shots. Just aim right at them and "grip and rip". I usually aim for the widest part of the body on a straight down shot. just becareful you dont hit the boat.lol mostly we are shooting 4 foot or less
 

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Deep shooting takes alot of practice and frustration. It helps to have another guy on the deck to help spot the arrow to see if you went over or under. Make sure you have a higher pound bow that is tuned good a good heavy arrow (Cajun yellow jackets) and sharp points.

We shot the Idaho state champ this last weekend and had shots from 6" deep to 10+ feet deep. The biggest key is to have a tuned bow or your arrow will plane out. Also be prepared to have alot of arrows come back with a scale on the tip.
 
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