John’s Note: Dustin Mizell of Foley, Alabama, owns Fish-Kabob Bowfishing and Charters www.fish-kabob.com, Mizell’s Mounts – a taxidermy business, South Coast Safaris – his local bowhunting guide service – and Puddin Proof Productions – a video company. He specializes in one of the fastest-growing and most-exciting outdoor sports – bowfishing – that combines hunting and fishing.
Orange Beach, Alabama, isn’t that far on the Gulf Coast from Mississippi. In Mississippi, depending on the limits that year, we often can take three redfish per person. We use a different technique for bowfishing for redfish than we do for taking other fish. Most of the marshes that we hunt have an abundance of grass in them. Often, they will have fingers of grass coming out of the creeks and bay areas, and that’s where the redfish like to hold. So, we use our fan boats to round up the redfish just as though we can see them, even though we can’t. We keep pushing them toward the shoreline. As they get closer to the shallow water, often they’ll turn and come by the boat. Then, our bowfishermen can shoot them. But, consistently taking redfish with a bow requires quite a bit of scouting and knowing how to use the boat to herd the fish. The biggest redfish we’ve ever taken with a bow and arrow weighed 26 pounds, but most of the redfish we take while bowfishing will weigh from 5-10 pounds each.
We have an unusual situation in Mobile Bay near where I live. The northern end of the bay holds brackish water – where the salt water and the fresh water meet. So, we often take saltwater and freshwater fish on our brackish-water trips. We usually target where freshwater creeks run into Mobile Bay and the region around the Mobile Causeway. On these brackish-water trips, we catch black drum, Atlantic rays, flounder, mullet and occasionally sheepshead. We also get alligator gar, spotted gar, shortnose gar, freshwater drum, freshwater catfish, common carp, grass carp and lots of buffalos. As I’ve mentioned, the brackish-water trip is one of the most-different saltwater trips that we offer, because bowfishermen can take saltwater species as well as freshwater species at the same place and on the same trip.
As you come up from Mobile north to the little town of Camden, Alabama, on the Alabama River, we offer freshwater trips at Millers Ferry Reservoir there. We shoot common carp, buffalos, grass carp, alligator gar, longnose gar, shortnose gar, spotted gar and different types of freshwater catfish, including flathead cats and blue cats, and freshwater drum.
I also offer combination wild hog hunts during the daylight hours and bowfishing trips at night. Go to my webpage at www.fish-kabob.com; on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/fishkabob; by email [email protected]; or, by phone 251-504-4709.