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The snow is melted, the weather is warming up fast, and the ice is coming off of the lakes.  This means only one thing…BOWFISHING!  One of the most essential pieces of equipment that you need to get started is a bowfishing reel.  I have used the Retriever reel from AMS Bowfishing for years and it continues to hold up even through my yearly abuse.

The reel is very simple.  It has a revolutionary design that consists of a plastic canister that stacks the line instead of spooling it.  The trigger allows you to stop the line from coming out when you need to, or when you’re reeling.  Also, as always, you can expect the safest reel on the market.  It is literally almost impossible for the line to get caught on this reel because of the design.  It might be more expensive then a lot of other reels, but when it comes to safety, you don’t want to risk your life for a few bucks!

Out on the water, I have found that the reel can hold up to anything from me dropping my bow in the boat to 40 pound carp flopping all over it. The reeling is smooth after every shot and because there is literally no tension on the tether, the shot is unaffected by the free-flying tether.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or seasoned bowfishing veteran, this reel is for everyone.  I guarantee that this reel will last for years and you won’t be disappointed!

AMS Bowfishing is the leader in bowfishing gear and safety.  You can get everything you need for bowfishing, including bows, arrows, tips, line, and AMS’s famous Safety Slide at




Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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