While some bowfishing rests are similar in style and functionality to bowhunting rests, bowfishing rests are designed specifically with the bowfishing arrow in mind. Bowfishing rests can be found in both partial and full-containment styles, although many fishermen prefer a full-containment rest due to the amount of movement and extreme shooting angles while fishing. One type of full-containment rest for bowfishing is a
whisker biscuit, such as the one offered by Trophy Ridge. A bowfishing whisker biscuit features stronger bristles than a bowhunting whisker biscuit, which allows it to support a heavy bowfishing arrow and stand up to hard use over a long period of time.
There are full-containment rests that come in other styles as well. The AMS Tidal Wave is a roller rest with a guard over it which the arrow can be loaded into, keeping it in place no matter what. The Bohning Carp Ivore is a roller rest that supports the arrow with bristles to keep the arrow on the roller until the shot. Yet another style of full-containment rest is the Cajun Bowfishing Quick Draw rest, which is a very simple rest that encloses the arrow in a full circle with a “keeper” to drop the arrow through and a shallow groove at the bottom of the loop to keep the arrow firing from the same spot every time.
There are also partial-containment rests, such as the Fin Finder Hydro Glide Pro. This rest holds the arrow in a short channel, with the side walls of the channel acting as guides to ensure consistent, straight arrow flight. Another partial-containment rest is the NAP Quicktune Anchor. This rest is a V-shaped rest that uses gravity to put the arrow in the exact same spot every time, ensuring consistency at the shot. While this rest is essentially full-containment, it technically would be possible for the arrow to fall out…if the bow was held upside down. The AMS Wave rest is a roller style rest similar to the Tidal Wave, but without the containment guard going over it. This rest has some containment on both sides of the arrow but nothing over the top, so it cannot be considered full-containment.
Yet another style of rest is an open rest, which does little to keep the arrow from falling out of the cradle when shooting at weird angles. Cajun Archery makes a very simple yet effective bowfishing roller rest, which is little more than a nylon roller on a brass shaft. Despite this rest being as simple as they come, it has been shown to increase arrow speed up to 10fps.
This is just a small sampling of all the different bowfishing rests on the market today, there are many others available and new or improved models coming out each year.