Btmannin wrote:Will how do you like that Oneida? For years I've monitored craigskist and just bought old crappy low draw weight compound bows and then mounted the ams reels to them. I've got 5 of them now rigged up and I'm considering buying myself an Oneida and letting my friends shoot all the other ones. Is there a big advantage? Let off used to bug me, but I feel like I've gotten so used to it that I don't even notice it anymore.
I've shot just about everything out there that is made specifically for bowfishing along with many converted rigs from older pawn shop bows, etc... and the Oneida is my favorite. It is the most consistent and stays in tune. It has the best kinetic energy transfer that I've seen. I keep my Oneida around 28 pounds, yet it has enough humph that I can shoot long nose gar that's 8-10' deep. If you crank it up, you can use the same bow to deer hunt with "air" arrows. I shoot it with only two fingers instead of three and can shoot it all night long, hundreds of times. I can't tell you how smooth it is, you just have to shoot one. There's no kick, thump, nothing, just let it go and it's like nothing happened compared to other bows. They seem expensive but once you get one, you'll know why and won't want to shoot anything else. They're easier to work on as far as changing the string or something compared to a cammed compound bow but they are pretty much maintenance free. There is virtually zero let off, you can quick shoot it like a recurve bow at any draw length.
As far as arrows go, I make my own out of driveway markers and the combination provides an extremely accurate and lethal shot in the water. No splash, just a bubble trail to the fish and much cheaper than manufactured bowfishing arrows.