Recurve bows can be a good choice for bowfishing. For one, there’s nothing complex about a recurve bow, it is simply a stick and string. No moving parts, no special tools needed to re-string it or perform maintenance. They are also usually quite a bit cheaper than compound bows, which makes them attractive to those who want to try bowfishing without breaking the bank. Recurve bows are very light weight, usually no more than a couple pounds. This makes them easy to hold for long periods of time without experiencing fatigue. Since there are no cams on a recurve bow, they’re also great for snap shooting. Anyone who has been bowfishing can tell you that sometimes you need to be able to get a shot off quickly, and the constant draw weight of a recurve bow makes it easy to get a shot off with a moment’s notice.
One drawback to recurve bows is that the draw weight is not adjustable like it is on a compound bow. If you have a 40lb recurve bow, your draw weight will always be 40lbs with no let-off, meaning you’ll be pulling back and holding the full draw weight of the bow until you release the string. If you find yourself looking for a little more power from your traditional recurve, you’ll have to buy a new one with a heavier draw weight. If you have a take-down recurve, however, you may be able to purchase a new set of limbs instead of needing a whole new bow.
There are a few recurves designed for bowfishing on the market today, some which come in a ready-to-fish package if you so choose. Muzzy, which started out in the broadhead industry, has a recurve bow designed for bowfishing for about $200, bare-bow. This recurve has a threaded hole on the front of the riser to allow for a bowfishing reel or spool to be easily installed, provided the reel sits on a reel seat and isn’t mounted directly to the riser.
If you’re looking for a simple and easy to use bowfishing setup, a recurve may be worth looking into.