Bowfishing arrow rests are designed to hold an arrow in place to ensure that it doesn’t move or fall off when the bow is drawn. By holding your arrows steadily in position, you can improve your aim and ensure that you have successful fishing trips. Especially since bowfishing arrows are heavier than regular hunting arrows, a bowfishing rest is a worthwhile investment.
This article will give an overview of the factors to consider when choosing a bowfishing rest and product reviews of the most popular arrows rests you’ll find on the market.
Factors to Consider
Bowfishing arrows are heavier than most other hunting arrows because they need to be weighted and rugged enough to penetrate through water and kill fish. Because of the extra weight needed to support bowfishing arrows, you need to find a durable arrow rest that can effectively hold them in place.
Type of Arrow Rest
In general, the arrow rests you’ll find for bowfishing will either have a basic design with two short sides to hold the arrow in place, or an encapsulating wall that fully contains the arrow and gives extra support to prevent it from falling off. The three most common arrow rests for bowfishing are roller rests, hook rests and whisker biscuit type rests.
Now, it’s time to take a look at some of the bowfishing rests you’ll find on the market.
Fin-Finder Hydro Glide Pro Bowfishing Arrow Rest
This Fin-Finder bowfishing arrow rest is made with stainless steel hardware and a T-6 aluminum construction. The Hydro Glide Pro has a Teflon arrow channel that fully contains the arrow as it’s being drawn. The arrow channel also gives you a smoother and more streamlined shot.
Fin-Finder has made the Hydro Glide Pro reversible for right and left-handed shooters. The arrow rest can also be easily adjusted without the use of tools, all you need to do is turn the micro adjust windage. Also, included is a set screw for pitch rotation and a spare containment tab.
Muzzy Mantis Bowfishing Arrow Rest
Muzzy’s Mantis bowfishing arrow rest features a spring-loaded full-capture door and a durable aluminum frame and mount. For extra versatility, the Mantis has a rotatable frame and an adjustable windage. It also has an ultra-durable low-friction wear pad that’s easily replaceable once it starts to wear down. The wear pad increases the longevity of your arrow rest and gives you a smoother draw.
Muzzy has also made the Mantis compatible for right and left-handed shooters. This arrow rest measures 4 x 1 x 5 inches and weighs 3.2 ounces.
Muzzy Fish Hook Bowfishing Arrow Rest
The Muzzy Fish Hook arrow rest has been specially designed to mitigate tuning problems associated with flex, torque and clearance. This bowfishing arrow rest features a three-side capture that keeps your arrows steady and in place. However, the rest has also been designed to quick and easy arrow loads. The reel line can also be put in the grove under the arrow.
Muzzy’s Fish Hook arrow rest is compatible for both left and right-handed shooters and the height can be easily adjusted.
General Brush Capture Arrow Rest
General’s Brush Capture arrow rest gives you total arrow containment to ensure that your arrow doesn’t fall out as it’s being drawn. You can even walk around with your bow in one hand without the arrow making noise or falling out. The brush bristles not only offer support but also reduce friction and leave little to no damage on an arrow’s fletching.
This arrow rest can be adjusted vertically and horizontally to fit your bow perfectly. It’s also compatible for both right and left-handed shooters.
Cajun Archery Bowfishing Roller Rest
Cajun Archery’s Roller Rest is made with a sturdy Delrin on a brass threaded shaft that’s not only durable but also rustproof. You can screw the Roller Rest into your bow’s bushing on the riser and make adjustments easily. This bowfishing arrow rest minimizes friction and can increase arrow speeds up to 10 FPS.
The Roller Rest measures 6 x 2 x 4 inches and weighs only 0.3 ounces. For extra arrow support and friction reduction, you can add a felt pad to the tip of the Roller Rest.
Cajun Archery Bowfishing Quick Draw Arrow Rest
Cajun Archery’s Quick Draw arrow rest gives you full arrow containment to ensure that your arrow stays in position even as it’s drawn. It’s easy to install on your bow and can also be adjusted accordingly. Another great feature of this bowfishing arrow rest is its speed up retrieval.
This rest can be loaded up quickly which means that you’ll never miss a shooting opportunity. The Quick Draw arrow rest is compatible with all Cajun bows. It measures 3 x 2 x 3 inches and weighs only 0.3 ounces.
Trophy Ridge Bowfishing Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest
Trophy Ridge’s Whisker Biscuit arrow rest is made with an aluminum-encased biscuit that’s 300% stronger than previous materials used. This bowfishing arrow rest features laser engraved reference marks and V-notch at the top of the biscuit that allows you to load arrows quickly and to reduce slide obstruction as you shoot.
Compared to a regular hunting arrow rest, Trophy Ridge has made this rest with stiffer bristles to support the extra weight of fishing arrows. To ensure that the arrow rest fits your bow, the Whisker Biscuit is made with a windage and elevation adjustment. It has also been designed to work well for left and-right handed shooters.
When it comes to investing in a bowfishing rest for you bow, be sure to find one that’s durable enough to hold heavy fishing arrows. A high-quality rest will also effectively hold your arrow in place and prevent it from falling out as you draw. There are a wide range of bowfishing arrow rests available, so be sure to do your research and find one that’s compatible with your bow, arrows and bowfishing needs.