Even using the holo red dot sight, there is not enough vertical adjustment range on it to adjust it so I can aim directly at the fish unless its really close to the surface where refraction is not a problem.
I use a solid glass fishing arrow that has been shortened to 22".
You Bet we bow fish! We have a rig we're working on, and it is looking great. We've test shot it a few times but waiting for a cocking device. What we did, is attached the xbow to a post wit a swivel apparatus, so a shooter can sit and shoot and we added stoppers so the bow cannot be turned into the boat area. This specific design is for several purposes. One, we guide people in wheel chairs and elderly for hunting, and this would allow them to be able and bow fish with us. Next, is safety. The big excuse for not allowing xbows on certain water bodies and in Bow fishing associations is safety, so with this new mounted design, it should allow the powers that be (here is Texas Parks & Wildlife) and those who run bow fishing tournaments to watch and learn.
We did remove the foot stirrup from our design because we wanted to insure the string not getting tangled and the arrow snapping back. We are also looking at incorporating plexiglass between the shooter and the bow for more security.
Personally, I want to use it only while fishing for alligator gar. I want this to do well just for the law & rule makers to be accepting of a safe xbow rig. I want xbows allowed everywhere a vertical bow is allowed. We also removed the sights from the bow as they really aren't necessary. Instinctive shooting is best and quick when bow fishing.
We just fished the Sportsmans Warehouse tourney this past weekend and we won the BIG 5. (Again) I can see where other shooters will panic if we would get xbows allowed during the tourneys. They already panic when our boat pulls into the ramp. So far, we've won the BIG 5 every tourney we've fished in this season, our first season, and once, when we let the kids go instead of the BIG dogs, they placed 3rd in numbers. ( I was turkey & hog hunting)
I like the money! Show me the money! I'll share pictures when we're ready with the designs.