Nighttime Bowfishing

By Scott Lenox

Nighttime Bowfishing

We had a pretty good blow today, and now it’s raining…..but after watering my new grass everyday for the past two weeks and seeing pollen on everything in sight I would say we need it.  It doesn’t look to be around very long as tomorrow and Saturday look really nice.  Sunday there is a very slight chance of thunderstorms, but overall the weekend looks nice.

I said in yesterday’s Facebook post that I was heading out with Captain Marc Spagnola for some nighttime bowfishing to film a new episode of Hooked on OC…..I had no idea it would be as cool as it was!  We met Captain Marc at the boat ramp at about 8:30, jumped in the boat and made a short run to the hunting/fishing spot.  It was awesome!  Once Captain Marc flipped on the lights it was like we were in another world.  The green deck lights kept everything in the boat lit up and gave the trip a really cool vibe.  The exterior lights used to light up the water were very bright and made spotting fish really easy.  Actually hitting the fish????  Well that’s a different story.  Captain Marc put us on lots of needle nosed gar, but it took me quite a while to get used to the shooting.   Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing was on board with us and he actually shot the first three fish of the trip.  Once I started to listen to Captain Marc’s instruction, I got it d0wn too and actually saved my dignity.  It was a really neat experience moving through the creeks and cuts of the Nanticoke River and seeing all of the fish and wildlife that is active at night.  Osprey, owls and blue herons patrolled the skies while gar, carp, and lots of mud shad cruised the shallow waters.  It was a terrific experience and something that lots of outdoors folks would thoroughly enjoy.  Dave Messick of Hooked on OC got some great footage and it should make for a cool episode of the show.

Big Bird Cropper found some nice bluefish yesterday while we were prepping for our trip.  Bird and Dave had a great day throwing Roy Rigs when they caught and released 8 rockfish and boated 8 bluefish up to 30″.

There are some nice sized bluefish biting in the surf once in a while if you catch the conditions right.  Cori Hoffmaster landed this big bluefish and a couple of smaller fish on finger mullet.

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