How to Fish With an Arm Sling Bow

by Quinn Marshall

An arm sling bow -- a slingshot with an arrow-rest attachment -- can be used to catch fish in states that haven't specifically prohibited slingshot bow fishing equipment. Most sling bows aren't manufactured for fishing, and thus do not include a reel attachment for pulling in your catch. You can attach a homemade reel to your sling bow, then use the weapon to bow fish the same way you would a long, recurve, compound or crossbow. You can construct a reel using nearly any material, such as PVC, but a real fishing reel is ideal.

Items you will need

  • Slingshot
  • Arrow rest attachment
  • Bowfishing broadhead
  • Arrow
  • Fishing reel
  • Swivel
  • Thin nylon rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot melt arrow glue
  • Lighter
  • Golf tee
  • Spool of thin wire
Step 1

Connect a compatible arrow rest onto your slingshot. Consult the device's manual for specific instructions.

Step 2

Connect a regular fishing reel to your slingshot using wire. You can wrap the reel directly to the slingshot if it has a mounting bracket; otherwise, you must weld an "L" bracket onto the bottom of the slingshot's handle if it's metal, or bolt it into place if it's plastic. Place the fishing reel onto the mounting or "L" bracket so that the reel foot is flush with the bracket. Wrap thin wire around the top of the reel foot and around the bracket many times until it is fixed in place, then wrap it around the bottom of the reel foot. Twist the wire tightly, then trim it with 4 inches of excess. Slip the excess wire under a small portion of the wrapped wire until no excess wire remains. This will prevent unraveling.

Step 3

Unscrew the reel and wrap a piece of fishing line around the spindle. Tie it tightly, then crank the reel's handle to fill the reel with fishing line. Cut the line when finished and feed it through the reel's plastic cover, then screw the cover back into place. Pull 10 inches of line from the reel. Tie a swivel onto the line using a snell knot (animatedknots.com).

Step 4

Remove your arrow's nock using your fingers or pliers. Set it aside. Heat your melt-point glue with a lighter, and cover a golf tee's stem with the substance. Insert the tee's stem into the arrow's shaft where the nock used to be. Allow it to dry. The golf tee provides a larger surface area than the arrow's shaft, making it easier to shoot.

Step 5

Remove the arrow's field tip using your fingers. Screw a bowfishing broadhead into the shaft. It is necessary to use a broadhead designed specifically for fishing; it has a barb that will prevent a fish from pulling free of the arrow.

Step 6

Tie a piece of thin nylon rope beneath the broadhead, then tie the other end just beneath the nock. Clip the swivel on the fishing line to the nylon rope. This connects the arrow to the fishing reel.

Step 7

Load the arrow onto the arrow rest. Press the reel's release button to release the line. Draw back the arrow, aim and then release, launching the arrow into the water. Crank the reel's handle to draw in the cast.

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