Bowfishing brings two families together


WPSD Sports

SMITHLAND, KY -- Getting out on the water to bowfish has become old habit for Paul Carlton, his son Hunter, Troy Clark, and his son Shawn. All four of them where on hand for Friday nights StrongArm Bowfishing Tournament.

"To us it's a very active sport," Paul Carlton said. "We're big into archery and it just opened up another field for us besides indoor and outdoor tournaments."

For the Carlton's and Clark's, it all began about seven years ago.

"Paul came up to me and said that there was a bowfishing tournament going on that weekend," Troy Clark said. "We decided it might be fun and gave it a try."

That first tournament was an experience that they will never forget. Thanks in part to the struggles they encountered.

"We were on the boat and spotted a big head carp," Shawn Carlton said. "We watched it swim by and were wondering if we should shoot it or not."

"We never shot a fish," Paul said. "So being able to bring home a lot of fish now makes it exciting."

That excitement has led to some great memories, and a lot of stories.

"I remember once we were coming down the river and a fish jumped and hit him in the head," Hunter Carlton said about Shawn. "It was really funny."

"You get wet. You get nasty and gross," Troy said. "But it's fun and exciting because it's just like catching a big fish using a rod and reel, only using a bow instead."

And that is why both families hope fishing together is a tradition that will continue for years to come.

"Some of the best times we have ever had with our kids have come on a boat," Troy said.

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